Mighty jets of Enceladus - NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The mighty jets of Enceladus appear in this image, taken by Cassini as it flew over the moon’s south pole. Image (via Wired Magazine): NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

This Wired article was an interesting read, but extraterrestrial life?

Look, I believe there's life out there… deep in the dark of… space:…

…the final frontier.

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go… er…

I know. I really need to stay focused especially when I write articles immediately after watching STTNG reruns. (Whoops!)

Anyway, this is a cool discovery for research and whatnot, but seriously, extraterrestrial life form?

From the article:

Given that it shoots free samples from the interior up into space, some scientists are now saying that Enceladus should get priority for future life-finding missions.

Sure, we could likely find minerals, various gasses and amino acids that provide some if not all the conditions required for life to thrive in a place like Enceladus. But I find it hard to believe, that all this while, ET has been living on a subterranean beach on a moon off Saturn. Just lazing around on a deckchair, while sipping a toxic mocktail concoction of hydrocyanic acid and blended strawberries, waiting to be recognized… like what Courtney Love does on a regular basis.

Guys, this is an early sign that we should be prepared for the reality that Vulcans may not be the first extraterrestrials we meet, or worse…

that Vulcans, **cough cough**, er, extraterrestrials don’t even exist.