Both CBS and NBC chose Gliese 581 for their closing feature. That is the name of a planet 20 light years away--that is 120tr miles--that has Earthlike temperatures, not too hot, not too cold. Such a climate would allow water to exist and therefore, possibly, life. Both networks flavored science with cute. NBC's Bob Faw aired vox pop from Adler Planetarium in Chicago. What could extraterrestrial life look like? "They would have four arms, twelve legs and a million eyes," a girl giggled. CBS' Sandra Hughes went to Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory. "Maybe they wear like really big fat clothes, big baggy suits," another girl suggested. Hughes started with that predictable clip from Star Trek and signed off: "Scotty! Can you beam me up?"
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