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."
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