I was watching When Aliens Attack on National Geographic. If aliens are so smart with all their technology, I feel like they would be smart enough to attack us before our technology evolved...

I was watching When Aliens Attack on National Geographic. If aliens are so smart with all their technology, I feel like they would be smart enough to attack us before our technology evolved like it has.

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kipling2448 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

National Geographic's 2011 docudrama When Aliens Attack is as much a work of science fiction as it is a documentary. That means that, while much of the details incorporated into the film are grounded in actual science, and the film includes interviews with many real-life experts on the subject of astronomy, the production itself involves speculation regarding something that has never and may never actually occur. As such, the writers and director were free to shape the narrative in any way they envisioned. That this particular film depicts an invasion of Earth by beings from a distant world should in and of itself have suggested that the people putting the film together had liberty with the details and outcome.

It could logically be assumed that any life form capable of transiting many light years and launching an attack on another planet would be possessed of superior intellect and technology. After all, those countries leading the world in the area of space exploration are struggling to get back to the relatively close Moon, budgets and technological limitations having precluded greater advances in manned space travel. Unmanned probes have been successfully launched to the outer reaches of the solar system with one, Voyager 1, having actually departed the solar system for the universe beyond. Technologically speaking, that's not nothing. It is, however, a far cry from the manned mission to Mars that many space enthusiasts champion.

An alien civilization capable of traveling such distances as would be required would definitely have a technological edge, but that edge might be irrelevant in the Earth's atmosphere. Presumably protected within the confines of their vehicle(s), such life forms might not be capable of existing outside of those vehicles, just as human beings cannot exist on the Moon without being equipped with specially designed breathing apparatuses. In short, we just do not know what might be the actual physical characteristics of any such alien beings. Whether human beings would be capable of countering an alien attack is therefore dependent upon levels of knowledge and detail that we simply do not possess. Within the context of a speculative scenario involving an alien attack, then, any outcome posited could be credible.

marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How can we really know what aliens know or do not know or what they have done, will do, or may yet do to us?  Has anyone met an alien or do they even exist? 

Unless we have actual facts about aliens, everything scientists tell us is mere conjecture based upon what they know using today's technology.  It would be like someone 100 years ago in our history, who used a horse and wagon, trying to describe today's automobile.  Everyone would use the terminology of his day and it might sound pretty funny to someone in the future who is used to such things.

I think there have been too many science fiction movies, books, and supposed UFO sightings over the years.  If and when an alien invasion should occur, it may or may not have been preplanned for a certain time in our planet's history and they (the aliens) may or may not have been watching us.  If they need something our planet has to offer they will take it when they need it regardless of our current technology.  And if they have the means to travel such great distances I think we could safely assume they are more technologically advanced than us and there would probably not be much we could do to stop them. 


jerichorayel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume we watched the same episode. If you will continue to watch that you will see that the aliens probably a century or a millenium advanced that our civilization. But we are not sure neither they are not sure as well. 

apparently they have detected us using their high-tech gadgets but they can never be sure enough to propose an alien attack.

i can see a simple reason.

they are waiting for the proper time for a beneficial attack. They may have seen that the atmosphere of the earth are not conducive for their survival; Oxygen and Nitrogen might be deadly to their bodies thus making them hard to breathe. And another thing, If aliens do exist, apparently there are millions to billions Extra-terrestrial beings. So if for say there are a million ET's there are a small probability that they will attack us we are one of the millions (or billions) thus negligible. Or they are focused on finding a new planet instead of collonialization.



hope this helps.

p.s. i guess there is a part two in that report in nat geo. stay tuned :)

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First of all, you're assuming that the aliens had the ability to pick their time to come and invade us.  What if they just got the capability of coming across huge distances to attack and could not have gotten here 100 years ago?  Or what if 100 years ago they had a peace-loving government but, in the meantime, they have developed a government that is more aggressive? 

Wiggin42 | Student

What an odd question. I suggest you read War of the Worlds by HG Wells to get a sense of what might happen in an alien invasion. This question lies in the realm of science fiction. Your question is a hypothetical what - if scenario of galactic proportions. Read some good sci-fi novels for a plethora of answers.

astrosonuthird | Student

Yea, a large meteorite struck Earth millions of years ago, the theory says that this meteorite contained some kind of bacteria.

The bacteria felt comfortable in Earth and life began to evolve.

wifii213 | Student

Us, human beings exist on Earth of which is just a very, very, very, very, very, very, extremely small part of the universe. The universe is so big that life may exist somewhere but we are too far away to observe life somwhere out there. But what we do know is that for life to exist, necessities of life such us water and oxygen must be present and must have a source of energy such as a star and must be in a suitable distance from that star. Who knows if there are life forms more advanced than us. We don't even know if they have access to resources that are not available on Earth. If we take the history of the Earth from formation  'til today, our existence would be just an itty bitty part of Earth's history.

generalcody | Student

maybe the aliens arent even fururistic and there a bunch of na'vi like looking aliens from AVATAR

astrosonuthird | Student

Do you think there are aliens on the planet Kepler 22b.

qhead | Student

Has anyone ever considered the possibility that maybe 'aliens' dont have to physically exist to exist.

I understand that as humans, observation is key.... But to the entire universe, who knows what forms of existence there are ! Possibly mostly incomprehensible to us humans...?

And just as a note, the whole idea of 'outer space aliens' is very much something that humans would dream up!

I mean, how nice would it be if we had our real life 'doctor (who)' in the universe !? right?? Imagine all our favourite sci-fi characters existing in real life! tha

But in hindsight, isnt that just a way to sort of help us escape the fact that we are just so lonely! wandering around this ball, while it revolves around another larger hot ball!?

i think it is :P

Anyway... In my opinion, our universe may not be as 'black and white' as we see it...

astrosonuthird | Student

There is aliens. By the way we too are aliens according to the other aliens.


He he....


I think there are alien spies in our planets.


I think there spacecrafts cannot be caught by the radars and they have landed on Earth. Yes it is possible!!

richon | Student

I agree with #6 on the point that there are aliens. This is mainly because the Universe is extremely big but there is still the possibility that we are the only living lifeforms in the Universe which is unlikely. However, you can NOT assume that they are ahead of our technology as it is also possible that the aliens are on the same level as us for technology or even further behind. Furthermore, the planets that the aliens live on might not have the resources to build spaceships to fly so far into space.

astrosonu | Student

I beleive there are aliens. I also believe that the aliens have come to our planets in the form of a human. Is this possible?

generalcody | Student
theres a theory that life started on earth becuase a meteor containing life landed on earth...and thrived
astrosonuthird | Student

Aliens are still a mystery.

astrosonuthird | Student

Yeah maybe!

qhead | Student

Maybe "Aliens" are staring at us in the face right now and we subconsciously choose to ignore them... hmmm... ;)

so many possibilties!

astrosonuthird | Student


astrosonuthird | Student

I agree with #7.

rupert221 | Student

I dunno why they would wanna attack us tho. We definitely wouldn't be a threat to their world. Ya with their being billions of galaxy's  and inside each galaxy billions of solar systems their has to be at least one other civilization. If we ever do come incontact we wouldn't want to war with them that's for damn sure. We would wanna work with them, like we should be doing on this planet with eatchother instead of country's bombing each other and spending gazillions on war.