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How soon are we likely to find alien life ?

By T.K. Randall
September 8, 2012 · Comment icon 202 comments

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Astronomer Lord Martin Rees believes that we may soon know if there is life elsewhere in the universe.
Having been the Queen's Astronomer Royal since 1995, it could be said that Lord Rees knows a thing or two about astronomy. By as early as 2025 he believes that it will be possible to directly view planets around other stars, allowing astronomers to analyse the composition of their atmospheres and in so doing potentially locate signs of organic life.

"Within 10 or 20 years we will be able to image other planets like the earth, orbiting other stars," he said. "That will be a really exciting subject to see if there is evidence for [extra-terrestrial] life or not."
Martin Rees, former president of the Royal Society, said evidence of whether beings exist not only beyond earth but beyond our solar system, could be found in that time, a newspaper reported.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (202)




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Comment icon #193 Posted by Occams Razor 12 years ago
It's not just me who claims that not only are ETs here, but that we have also recovered and used some of their technology. Ben Rich said that. So did Prof. John R. Searl, who died in 2005. http://searlsolution.com/ So did Dr. Jean-Pierre Petit, who heard from american scientists that such alien technology had been recovered, and that it has led to scientific advances here on earth, like Petit's MHD propulsion technology. http://www.google.co...ZarKWfZL0gQNAjg All of these ideas of plasma and anti-gravity technology that have been associated with UFOs since at least the 1950s are hardly mere sc... [More]
Comment icon #194 Posted by badeskov 12 years ago
See what I mean? There really is no way to have a discussion with people like this, and that's not their purpose here in any case. Please repeat in front of the mirror. It is posters like you it is impossible to have a discussion with, as when you are asked to substantiate one of your embellishments you dodge, you tap dance and basically ask other to do your work for you well knowing that said substantiation is not possible. It is a technique used by many here, perfected by few and truly mastered by none. Nobody has ever succeeded and for good reasons. Cheers, Badeskov
Comment icon #195 Posted by Occams Razor 12 years ago
As usual, the civilian scientists just don't know that it already has been discovered, or more correctly that it discovered us a long time ago, Prof Rees, unlike John Searle is a real, respected, astrophysicist and cosmologist. Compare their CVs. Civilian scientists are often called in to advise the military. Prof Rees has been a NATO advisor. Oppenheimer and co were civilian scientists called in to start the Manhattan Project. Get a grip McG.
Comment icon #196 Posted by kellinor 12 years ago
aliens are live iv seen to spaceships and with a friend it didnt look like any u.s aircraft
Comment icon #197 Posted by Sweetpumper 12 years ago
aliens are live iv seen to spaceships and with a friend it didnt look like any u.s aircraft Don't leave us hanging.
Comment icon #198 Posted by DONTEATUS 12 years ago
Don't leave us hanging. I guess were going to be a hung jury on that one Sweet ?
Comment icon #199 Posted by hybrid888 12 years ago
We're the youngest solar system that exists as fas as we know. By now we should have been contacted by other life. We have not and perhaps that's because they don't feel we're ready.
Comment icon #200 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
Now that's the most sensible thing I've heard all day, aside from my own posts of course! Holy crap. You found that comforting? I found it somewhat disturbing!!!
Comment icon #201 Posted by badeskov 12 years ago
We're the youngest solar system that exists as fas as we know. By now we should have been contacted by other life. We have not and perhaps that's because they don't feel we're ready. This is not quite correct. Our solar system is ~4.6 billion years old and typically stars are estimated on average to be between 1 and 10 billion years old (oldest I believe is some 13 billion years). Here is a list of some of the stars with confirmed or possible planets with age listed and it is noted that we are pretty much smack in the middle, age wise. Cheers, Badeskov Edited for typo and extra words.
Comment icon #202 Posted by psyche101 12 years ago
We're the youngest solar system that exists as fas as we know. By now we should have been contacted by other life. We have not and perhaps that's because they don't feel we're ready. Badeskov is completely correct. LINK - US and Australian astronomers cancel out light from solar cloud to reveal new planet LkCa 15 b forming in swirl of stardust


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