ALIEN CONTACT: What Happens Next?

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Summary

Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life. With a diverse array of technologies joining the search, NASA estimates we’ll find definitive evidence of aliens within 20 to 30 years. Which begs the question: And then what?

Will the news inspire jubilation, despair or fear? Will aliens be seen as gods or interlopers? And what person or entity will lead the way as we grapple with our response? Evidence of alien life, whether microbial or intelligent, will provoke fundamental questions about every aspect of life in the universe, posing an unprecedented challenge for society to prepare for the consequences of such a momentous discovery.

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Jonica Newby

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Jonica Newby

Jonica Newby is a TV presenter, writer and director with 20 years of experience making quality factual television in the specialist science genre. She has twice won Australia's most prestigious...

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Jennifer Wiseman

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Jennifer Wiseman

Doctor Jennifer Wiseman is a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope. Her primary responsibility is...

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Charley Lineweaver

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Charley Lineweaver

An astrophysicist, Charles H. Lineweaver is an associate professor at the Australian National Universitys Planetary Science Institute (PSI), a joint venture of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics...

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Daniel Price

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Daniel Price

Danny C. Price is an astrophysicist, with a joint postdoctoral position between University of California Berkeley (USA) and Swinburne University of Technology (Australia).

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Kim Sterelny

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Kim Sterelny

Kim Sterelny is a philosopher who was born and educated in Australia, and who has spent his working life in Australia and New Zealand, with occasional departures to England and...

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