NASA states that they are on the verge of discovering undeniable proof that alien life exists in the Universe within the next decade – they plan on delivering this proof by 2025. Ellen Stofan, an official from NASA, stated the space agency should be able to find minute signs of alien life, and “definitive evidence” of organisms beyond Earth. Scientists at NASA have been working for years on the hope that using the Search for Extraterrestrial Life Initiative (SETI) would bring them the answers for which they have searched long and hard. Stofan stated they have been scouting for life throughout the Milky Way Galaxy, and now have a very good idea of where to look.
Searching for alien life and discovering it are two important, yet very different notions. Though, recent findings indicate that there are multiple areas in the galaxy able to sustain carbon-based life, a few of which is in the Solar System. One of these places includes Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.
Although the surface of Europa seems to be uninhabitable because it is covered in miles-thick ice, scientists believe that under the ice there is an internal ocean, in which could present an area which could harbor life. One of the reasons why Europa could harbor life is due to the fact that the ice shields the internal ocean for harmful radiation. Moreover, Jupiter’s massive gravity “stretches” the moon which creates an active core that creates a warm environment under the surface.
Despite all evidence that has been found on Mars, which is contrary to the thought that intelligent life exists on the Red Planet, there is some proof that microbial organisms may have once inhabited the now-oxidized surface. Astrobiologists state if they able to find microorganisms, they most likely will not be the intelligent beings as seen in blockbuster movies. Most likely, they will not be able to speak to humans, or even do more than metabolize micro-sustenance.
One of the things many say is most peculiar is that liquid water is, in fact, common in the galaxy, as well are rocky planets like Earth. Stofan stated that NASA has now identified a few planets that have the potential to harbor alien life, and that all that needs to be done is the exploration, which will take place within the next 10 years. However, one problem is the use of rudimentary, seemingly antiquated, use of chemical rockets. Humans are unable to travel these great distances because of average life span that barely reaches 80 years of age. Unless technology advances, insofar as using better means of kinetic propulsion, NASA stated their best best is to stay within the boundaries of the planets inside Jupiter. Nonetheless, they stated a mission to Mars is in the works for the year 2030, and a few years afterwards, an expedition to Europa.
There is not much hope that NASA will find an advanced alien civilization, one of which that may come to Earth to visit. Therefore, the best way to search for alien life is to initiate the search.. The burning question of, “are we alone in the Universe,” has the potential to be answered in just 10 years. If that question is answered, it may allow NASA and the human race to uncover some of the mysteries of the Universe.
By Alex Lemieux
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