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New NASA team to help detect life beyond Earth


Posted on Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

Is there anyone out there ? Image Credit: NASA/ESA
The Center for Life Detection Science will work towards the goal of detecting extraterrestrial life on other worlds.
The question of whether we are alone in the universe remains one of the biggest philosophical conundrums of our time. While it seems almost inconceivable that our civilization is alone in the cosmos, the fact still remains that we have yet to see any evidence to the contrary.

Now in a renewed effort to support the search for extraterrestrial life beyond our own planet, NASA has established the Center for Life Detection Science (CLDS) which brings together experts from a wide variety of fields to help overcome the challenges of discovering life on other worlds.

The move follows a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which called on NASA to ramp up its efforts to develop new technologies capable of identifying extraterrestrial life forms on other planets.

"We now have the scientific and engineering expertise to address this profound question with the clarity of scientific evidence - and we have a great community of scientists ready for that grand challenge," said CLDS principle investigator Tori Hoehler.

The group will call upon the expertise of astrophysicists, astronomers, biologists and more while deciding how best to deploy resources towards future missions dedicated to finding alien life.

"The search for life beyond Earth cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach," said Hoehler.

"To give ourselves the best shot at success, we need to develop tools and strategies that are tailored to detecting life in the unique conditions of other worlds, which are very different not only from Earth but also from each other."

Source: Spaceref.com | Comments (5)

Tags: Alien, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer on 21 February, 2019, 3:05
I wonder sometimes that will all of the projects NASA has going, that maybe they are spread too thin.  We need to know if we are or not alone, but making long distance flights more quickly may be of just as much use as sending signals.  We have identified numerous planets that could support life,. Should we not look there first?  Impractical at the moment, but in a few decades, who knows?
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 21 February, 2019, 17:44
Whilst I applaud the effort being put into searching for non-terrestrial life from both a philosophical and cultural perspective, it's worth bearing in mind that any signals that we can detect with current levels of technology, would probably have been transmitted millions of years ago which is probably more than enough time for a civilisation to rise, fall and probably become extinct (certainly if they're any like us). I think NASA should be concentrating it's efforts in some visible 'victories' such as establishing a permanently manned lunar outpost, working on utilising that technology to g... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by tmcom on 3 March, 2019, 13:43
Thanks for the laugh.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Raptor Witness on 3 March, 2019, 14:29
Why bother, there is alien life operating on and around the earth.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Takeshi69 on 8 March, 2019, 6:49
Can they point that thing back at Earth? Maybe towards the Whitehouse.., see what the official answer is.


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