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'No way we are alone', says UK space exploration boss

By T.K. Randall
March 11, 2023 · Comment icon 70 comments

Head of space exploration Libby Jackson. Image Credit: YouTube / National Space Centre
The head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency remains adamant that we are not alone in the universe.
41-year-old Libby Jackson, who was awarded an OBE in 2022 for "services to the space sector", was speaking in a recent interview when she commented on the question of whether or not extraterrestrial life is likely to exist somewhere out in the cosmos.

"With billions of galaxies there's no way that we are the only life form," she said.

"Scientists will certainly have more answers in the coming decades. I need to make sure that the UK is playing its part and that what we learn from space benefits people on Earth."
Jackson is not the only British space expert to think this way - another prominent proponent of the idea that there is alien life out there is former astronaut Dr Helen Sharman who in 1991 became, not only the first British person in space, but also the first woman to visit Russia's Mir space station.

"Aliens exist, there's no two ways about it," she said back in 2020. "There are so many billions of stars out there in the universe that there must be all sorts of different forms of life.

"Will they be like you and me, made up of carbon and nitrogen?"

"Maybe not. It's possible they're here right now and we simply can't see them."

Source: Mirror | Comments (70)




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Comment icon #61 Posted by zep73 1 year ago
"Now, here’s the problem the earliest fossil evidence of life on earth is approximately 3.8 billion years old. Yet this is interesting in itself, because this means that life occurred on earth through abiogenesis approximately 700 million years after the planet formed from compressed dust and other remnants of our Star. This is proof that the creation of life is not a uniquely difficult process at all, it’s just another chemical step in a combination of naturally occurring elements and organic compounds that were created during the universe’s creation. "
Comment icon #62 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 1 year ago
I already stated that in post 39  
Comment icon #63 Posted by zep73 1 year ago
I asked where it came from. You said wiki abiogenesis. But... I can't find it on that page! 
Comment icon #64 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 1 year ago
  Oldest fossils ever found show life on Earth began before 3.5 billion years ago Oldest fossils ever found show life on Earth began before 3.5 billion years ago (wisc.edu)
Comment icon #65 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 1 year ago
Abiogenesis Abiogenesis - Wikipedia 5th or 6th paragraph   The Earth was formed 4.54 Gya; the earliest undisputed evidence of life on Earth dates from at least 3.5 Gya. Fossil micro-organisms appear to have lived within hydrothermal vent precipitates dated 3.77 to 4.28 Gya from Quebec, soon after ocean formation 4.4 Gya during the Hadean.
Comment icon #66 Posted by zep73 1 year ago
I never disputed that life was 4 billion years old. I see that as common knowledge actually. I just pointed out that it was a complex chemistry and must have taken up to millions of years to fully function. By lucky chance. I don't see how that article challenges that estimation. Remember the timespan. It is millions of years.
Comment icon #67 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 1 year ago
Do, you believe in Panspermia yes or no? If, yes explain why and if no please explain why?
Comment icon #68 Posted by zep73 1 year ago
Yes and no. Yes, because it's possible. No because there is a superior hypothesis that makes is obsolete/unnecessary. But focus on the "yes", please. I do not want to discuss the hypothesis.
Comment icon #69 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 1 year ago
How does Panspermia occur, based upon your knowledge?
Comment icon #70 Posted by zep73 1 year ago
An object infected with resilient life gets ejected from one planet, and lands on another. This does not solve the problem of abiogenesis though, it just pushes the problem to another world.


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