In actuality, I would say that we really do not know for shure if there is life or not on the moon. Right now, all we know about life is all that exist on Earth, which are carbon based lifeforms. Remember that we haven't been back to the moon for 30 years. What if there are lifeforms existing on the moon that is based on some other molecule or are so bizarre to our standard that we haven't been able to recognize them yet? For all we know, the moon replaced the real Armstrong with a clone programed to collect info on us Earthlings for the invasion.
But seriously, what if the rocks in the lunar pictures taken by the apollo missions were actually lifeforms on the moon?
If they look and act just like rocks, how would you come to believe they were alive?
Many things on Earth look and act like rocks, dead leaves, tree branches, etc..., yet they would be completely nonexistent to a New Yorker if he takes a 1 day visit in the rain forest of the Amazon.
How do you know your shoe isn't a living thing, by that standard?
Because my shoe has absolutely no characteristic whatsoever that indicates life that I have been able to observe in the 2 years that I have worn it.
There's got to be some minimal criteria for something to be considered "alive." If the rocks were alive, we'd notice.
Yes and no. I am not saying that life exists on the moon. I am simply suggesting that it is still very possible that some kind of life exist on the moon that is so different than life as we know it on Earth for us to recognize it at first glance.
Just think of it this way. I am a commander of the starship sahguoisdhiohsd from the planet hfghifeuwfesdhfggheeaghehsf. I've just arrived in orbit around the 3rd planet of this uninteresting star system. We are preparing to send down a probe to see if there is any life. By the way, all life that I have known are silicone based and live in temperature ranging from 199 to 244 kelvin only. Therefore, my science officer concluded that the most likely places for life to exist would be the poles of this planet. The probe touches down on the a continent occupying the southen tip of the planet. Since the continent shows no sign of life as we know it, I must conclude that this planet has no life. We could only spare 6 hours to survey this planet, so we must go on to explore the 2nd planet of this solar system.
The fact is that the astronauts arrived on the moon, took a few pictures and rock samples, and left very shortly after arriving. Based on the conditions of the lunar environment, it is accurate to say that no life as we know it could exist on the moon. What if life on the moon only exist several miles underground?
This message has been edited by Lam, 06-19-2004 04:38 AM