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Telescope could find alien life 'within 5 years'

Posted on Tuesday, 20 April, 2021 | Comment icon 11 comments

Let us hope that it won't be delayed again. Image Credit: NASA
The upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will be able to detect the signatures of life on other worlds.
Given the sheer number of delays that have befallen the next-generation telescope, it is difficult to imagine how its original estimated launch date of 2007 could have ever been achieved.

For more than a decade, the telescope - which will provide unprecedented views of the cosmos - has been beset by delay after delay due to everything from construction issues to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many to wonder whether it will ever actually make it into space at all.

It's current launch date of October 31st, 2021, however, is looking promising.
Once it does finally make it into space, the telescope will be capable of peering across the cosmos and, among other things, determining the potential habitability of planets around distant stars.

Now a new study by researchers at the University of Ohio has concluded that this could lead to the discovery of extraterrestrial life within as little as 5 to 10 years and a tentative signature of life could even be discovered within a mere 60 hours of the telescope beginning operations.

"Humankind has contemplated the questions, 'Are we alone? What is life? Is life elsewhere similar to us?'" said Ohio University graduate student Caprice Phillips.

"My research suggests that for the first time, we have the scientific knowledge and technological capabilities to realistically begin to find the answers to these questions."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd on 17 April, 2021, 11:35
They better use 'UFO detector'.
Comment icon #3 Posted by South Alabam on 21 April, 2021, 0:47
I said we would probably detect life through powerful telescopes a few years back and got mocked and ridiculed within that thread. Seeing signs of life seems more practical than waiting for a signal that never comes.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hyperionxvii on 21 April, 2021, 2:56
When they do find them, are they going to photograph them with something better than the 1995 flip phone used to photograph all the previous ones? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tom1200 on 21 April, 2021, 19:24
Tell the truth - how much did you pay for that?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Nuclear Wessel on 23 April, 2021, 22:05
I wouldn't be surprised if we saw "scientists may detect alien life in 5 - 10 years" 5 - 10 years from now, and so on.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ufoguy on 26 April, 2021, 19:31
Lol o boy poor humans...
Comment icon #8 Posted by ThereWeAreThen on 27 April, 2021, 13:36
Basically I think theyre saying "We could detect alien life today, tomorrow, next 10 years or anytime at all, we dont know". Pretty hard to predict detecting something which may not be there. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by MissJatti on 27 April, 2021, 16:25
ET uses stealth cloak...!!
Comment icon #10 Posted by weaselrunner on 27 April, 2021, 23:03
If it gets launched.........
Comment icon #11 Posted by itsnotoutthere on 5 May, 2021, 10:53
Yep, whatever keeps the funds rolling in.

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