Scientists obviously have a basic understanding of what it takes for life to exist (we have quite a bit of it to study here on Earth), but they’re starting to realize the playbook won’t work when you’re dealing with a place like Titan.
Stephen Hawking is a pretty smart guy, so when he starts musing about humanity’s place in the universe, it’s a pretty good idea to listen. Turns out, he worries humanity might be woefully unprepared when our future alien overlords arrive.
Presidential elections can often be a scary time (some more than others), but it’s an especially trying time for agencies like NASA. Thankfully, it seems the plan for Mars will keep moving ahead (even if that plan could use a few course corrections along the way).