Alien finding technology? A growing portion of the scientific community is inclined to consider that there may be some form of extraterrestrial life in places where conditions are favorable, although it is generally considered that life exists only in basic ways. As reported by NBC News yesterday, the House Science Committee recently took the time to discuss alien finding technology and the possibility of finding life on other planets.
One in five Sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy, which has about 100–400 billion stars, has a planet in its orbit whose size is similar to Earth and is within the habitable zone. The nearest of these places could have water and even life.
Information about these places similar to Earth were collected by the Kepler space telescope, which ceased operations in August. The good news is that we're only a few years away from making a discovery that will forever change the history of mankind, according to many planetary scientists.
"This is the first time in human history we have the technological reach to find life on other planets," Sara Seager, a planetary scientist at MIT, said at a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing. "People will look back at us as the generation who found Earth-like worlds."
Kepler's successor, called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS for short, will be launched by NASA in 2017. Its aim is "to identify terrestrial planets in habitable zones of nearby stars," the space agency said in April.
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