Monday, March 5, 2012

Science asks Are We Alone?

"For centuries, mankind has questioned if we are alone in this vast universe." Have chills yet? You will, because a new block of programming exploring the greater universal search for life outside of our world is about to debut.
Dubbed Are We Alone?, the entire month of March on the Science Channel is being devoted to the search for extraterrestrial life. It kicks off it's first week with it's inaugural set of shows tomorrow March 6th at 10pm eastern time... and it's a doozy of an evening.

Here's a rundown at some highlights for the month's lineup:

Through the Wormhole:  Will We Survive First Contact?World Premiere Tuesday, March 6 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Mankind longs for proof that we are not alone in the universe, but the moment of first contact will irrevocably change the world as we know it. Whether that is a bad thing for humanity or the beginning of a great future is the subject of much debate. In this episode we’ll meet scientists probing the big questions: Will the aliens we encounter be warlike? How will we talk to creatures with whom we share no common ground? Could they have come here already? And can we visit aliens on their own turf?
Alien EncountersPart 1- The Message World Premiere on Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Part 2- The Arrival World Premiere on Tuesday, March 20 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
In two dramatic hours, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS lays out a plausible hypothetical scenario for a first contact event. What would really happen if we got a message from space? How will humans react when we learn that a message from a distant technology or a spacecraft is on its way to Earth? Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects? Some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and sci-fi writers help unravel the scientific, cultural and psychological impact of this world-changing global event. This show is made in cooperation with The SETI Institute which was founded in 1984 and had renowned astrophysicist Carl Sagan as one of its Board of Trustee Members. Carl’s son Nick is now following in his father’s footsteps wondering, “How will we meet our galactic neighbors?”
NASA’S UNEXPLAINED FILESWorld Premiere Tuesday, March 27 at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Countless mysterious objects have been caught by NASA’s cameras.    In this special, we’ll reveal NASA’s top ten unexplained encounters using original footage and groundbreaking interviews with astronauts and scientists.  Can these phenomena be explained away through science and detective work?  Or have NASA’s cameras potentially captured the first traces of extraterrestrial life?
Also notable is that Are We Alone?  is a planned event that corresponds with the new SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Life) effort to mobilize 'citizen scientists' to join them in the search for (hopefully friendly) alien life. You can find out more about that right here.