Many people around the world believe that we may have already found alien life. Anonymous, the international group of activists and hackers, think that NASA has the proof of alien life but have not yet released the information. In a short video, the collective said that among the newly discovered candidates discovered by Kepler, that there was life on some of the potential planets. NASA believes that it is not a matter of if but when we find alien life.
According to Newsweek, Thomas Zurbuchen said that the agency is close to finding “the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history.” Zurbuchen is the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Speaking to the House Committee on Science, he said that NASA was “enthusiastic” about finding life but did not claim to “actually” finding alien life. Since the launch of the Kepler Space Telescope, more than “4,000 possible planets” have been found. Some of these planets are similar to Earth and could “sustain life.”
NASA also found planets orbiting Trappist-1, and among these seven planets, all were similar to Earth’s size and within the goldilocks zone of the system. The Goldilocks zone is a zone that is just right for liquid water to be found on the planet’s surface. Another potential candidate for alien life came earlier in the year when Enceladus was made a target for further exploration. Enceladus is one of Saturn’s icy moons. While the surface is made of ice, Cassini saw “plumes of gas, including hydrogen” coming out of a geyser and “into space.” Because of the evidence of hydrogen, many believe that Enceladus is a prime candidate for alien life.
While many believe that NASA is on the verge of finding alien life, others believe that this accomplishment is still “50 years away,” Newsweek reported. Others believe that it could happen faster. Ellen Stofan, NASA’s chief scientist, believes the agency could find life “within a decade” with “definite evidence within 20 to 30 years.” Stephen Hawking, the famed English theoretical physicist, and cosmologist caution people to approach alien life warily.
In the next year, NASA will launch the James Webb Space Telescope, stronger than the Kepler, in the search for life on other planets. Science Alert called the telescope a “more sensitive planet hunter” that can also “detect” water, methane, oxygen, and ozone in a planet’s atmosphere. As Kepler and the James Webb Space Telescope launches, all eyes will be on the planets and objects they see in space.
By Cheryl Werber
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