Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), told a public panel in Washington on Tuesday that she believes we’ll see “definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20” of life beyond Earth, according to the Los Angeles Times.
NASA’s chief scientist clarified her claim by saying that we’re “not talking about little green men,” instead, we’re “talking about little microbes.”
Stofan went on to say that transporting human field geologists and astrobiologists to Mars would greatly improve our chances of discovering fossils of past life on the red planet.
Water is one of the primary reasons why the agency is as confident as they are that we’ll see evidence of extraterrestrial life within the next 20 years because it keeps turning up in more and more places as scientists peer through telescopes into the cosmos and find the liquid which serves as the basis of the fluids of living organisms.
Jeffrey Newmark, a colleague of Stofan who serves as interim director of heliophysics at the U.S. space agency, was quoted by Newsweek as having said it’s not a matter of “if” we’ll find alien life, it’s a matter of “when” we’ll find it.
It’s definitely not an if, it’s a when.
As far as intelligent life is concerned, Stofan indicated a belief that a “long period of time is necessary for life to get more complex.”
In other recent coverage of the space agency here on Immortal News, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are collaborating to shoot an asteroid with a spacecraft in order to test planetary defense techniques against asteroids on collision course with our planet.
Do you agree with NASA’s chief scientist when she says that we’ll see alien life within the next decade or two?