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NASA to find alien life 'within 20 years'

Posted on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 | Comment icon 47 comments

How long will it be before we discover a second Earth ? Image Credit: NASA
NASA scientists believe that evidence of extraterrestrial life will be discovered within two decades.
During an announcement at its Washington headquarters this week the space agency predicted that more than 100 million planets within our galaxy may be habitable and suggested that evidence of extraterrestrial life may be discovered within as little as 20 years.

"Just imagine the moment, when we find potential signatures of life," said Matt Mountain of the Space Telescope Science Institute. "Imagine the moment when the world wakes up and the human race realizes that its long loneliness in time and space may be over - the possibility we’re no longer alone in the universe."

"What we didn’t know five years ago is that perhaps 10 to 20 per cent of stars around us have Earth-size planets in the habitable zone. It's within our grasp to pull off a discovery that will change the world forever."

"Do we believe there is life beyond Earth ?" asked NASA administrator Charles Bolden. "I would venture to say that most of my colleagues here today say it is improbable that in the limitless vastness of the universe we humans stand alone."

Source: CBS Local | Comments (47)

Tags: NASA, Extraterrestrial, Life

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #38 Posted by Merc14 on 22 November, 2014, 22:53
Your train of thought is so brutally illogical it hurts my head. I am not going to explain to you why as it is pointless.
Comment icon #39 Posted by LV-426 on 22 November, 2014, 23:19
is probably what you're referring to. The initial report that the red rain was likely caused by an exploding meteor was retracted, and the official report stated that it was most likely caused by airborne spores from local algae, although some parts of the report were inconclusive.
Comment icon #40 Posted by bison on 23 November, 2014, 5:14
I suspect that if NASA found extraterrestrial life in any form, that would tell all about it as soon as it was confirmed; maybe even before that, as a possible discovery. They would then very probably receive a ton of money to further investigate the life they'd found, or may have found.
Comment icon #41 Posted by S2F on 23 November, 2014, 16:09
Have a look at the list of 'spin-off' technologies from NASA and then add to that the scientific understanding of our universe that NASA has pioneered on more than one occasion and then tell me again how NASA's budget is a "gravy train of worthless dollars".
Comment icon #42 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 23 November, 2014, 16:19
Try to look up information on NASA and you will find that they do a lot of work, for the relatively small budget. In 2012 NASA's budget was 0,48 % of the total US federal budget. As a non American I can't really speak of NASA as a drain on my tax bill. But I am a tax payer in one of ESA's member states and I can say that I am very happy to be funding them.
Comment icon #43 Posted by NiteMarcher on 30 November, 2014, 23:08
Money is not "illogical" - Those same old corporations will continue to benefit from the taxpayers. The main players haven't changed at all. We can't even solve the problems on earth that exist today and yet we continue to dump money into a program exploring outer space which has been going on since the mid 1950s. That's illogical...
Comment icon #44 Posted by NiteMarcher on 30 November, 2014, 23:16
What has NASA done for our everyday US citizens? Entertain us now and then and to what cost? This program should be privately funded....
Comment icon #45 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 1 December, 2014, 1:04
Why don't you do a little research yourself ? Here are a couple of links to get you started: [u] [/u] [u] [/u]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Merc14 on 1 December, 2014, 1:20
What problems? The same old problems that have plagued mankind since day one? Should we accomplish nothing because some people insist on living a lost life? Thank god we all don't wallow on trying to save the lost. We don't advance by falling to the lowest common denominator, we advance by achieving new things. BTW, we now have the most obese, least educated poverty class in history thanks to folks like you. Progressive ideology is slavery by a new name IMHO

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