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NASA to find alien life 'within 20 years'


Posted on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 | Comment icon 46 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 (46)

Tags: NASA, Extraterrestrial, Life

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #37 Posted by NiteMarcher on 22 November, 2014, 18:06
How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in....
Comment icon #38 Posted by Merc14 on 22 November, 2014, 22:53
How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... 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
They have all ready found it! I remember something a few years ago about 'Red Rain' (any one else remember?). Basically it rained red rain over some city or town somewhere, the rain was analysed and it was discovered the redness was due to an unknown bacteria which originated from a meteorite, there for 'Alien Life'! Red rain in Kerala 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 repor... [More]
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
How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... NASA spin-off technologies are commercial products and services which have been developed with the help of NASA, through research and development contracts (such as SBIR or STTR awards), licensing of NASA patents, use of NASA facilities, technical assistance from NASA person... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 23 November, 2014, 16:19
How many more years of funding does NASA expect from us taxpayers...I don't think they're planning on finding anything, more than likely they already have the answers to this, and they certainly aren't going to make it available to the public...cause if they do, the gravy train of worthless dollars will stop flowing in.... 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 i... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by NiteMarcher on 30 November, 2014, 23:08
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. 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. 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
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. 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
What has NASA done for our everyday US citizens? Entertain us now and then and to what cost? This program should be privately funded.... Why don't you do a little research yourself ? Here are a couple of links to get you started: http://en.wikipedia....ff_Technologies http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2008/pdf/timeline_08.pdf
Comment icon #46 Posted by Merc14 on 1 December, 2014, 1:20
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... 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 ... [More]


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