NASA's Hunt For Aliens Just Got Real


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    NASA is taking the hunt for life on other worlds to the next level. The space agency has assembled a team of experts from across scientific fields at some of the nation's leading universities and research institutes to see if any of the more than 1,000 planets discovered outside our solar system may be habitable. The initiative is called Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), and it brings together earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists and astrophysicists.

    This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life, Jim Green, NASAs Director of Planetary Science, said in a news release. The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, its of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well. The move comes just weeks after NASA's top scientist predicted that mankind will soon find indications of life outside of Earth.

    "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said. The team will include scientists from 10 universities including Stanford, the University of California, Berkeley, Yale, Penn State and Arizona State as well as two research institutes and three organizations within NASA: the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the Ames Research Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    The excitement is palpable, Steve Desch of ASUs School of Earth and Space Exploration told the Arizona Daily Star. We are really poised to answer the question of life elsewhere. Desch's team will study chemicals that have been detected on other worlds, such as oxygen and methane, to see if they were produced by biology, the Star reported.

    We really have to look for a chemical biosignature because were never going to be able to measure little green men running around on the surface of a planet, ASU's Tom Zega told the newspaper. A group of climatologists will use the light passing through the atmospheres of these exoplanets to see if they can find the conditions for harboring life. We have to start thinking about these things as more than planetary objects, Anthony Del Genio, a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies told Nature.

    All of a sudden, this has become a topic not just for astronomers, but for planetary scientists and now climate scientists. The team from Yale University will design new spectrometers that could be used to examine the planets around nearby stars. In addition, they will work on a new interface for the Planet Hunters website, which will allow "citizen scientists" from around the world to search for planets using data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Kepler, launched in 2009, contains equipment for detecting signs of planets around other stars.

    Of the 1,830 planets detected outside our solar system, more than 1,000 were found by Kepler as well as more than 4,000 other candidates. Anyone wishing to join the search for other worlds can start by visiting the Planet Hunters website. So far, citizen scientists have found more than 100 planets, including many that are within the habitable zones of their host stars, NASA said

    *http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/23/nasa-nexss-search-for-life_n_7123788.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592



  • I hope Im still alive to see some hot alien bitches and maybe bang some alien ass



  • that would be only reason for finding life out there


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    @MortenMars and taking their stuffs.



  • Astronaut suits by the BBC.



  • sounds like the plot of interstellar but ok



  • Fuck an alien chick and get immortality.

    Immortality > hoes.

    No but seriously, this is exciting. Some people believe that humans are the aliens, which is quite an odd thought.

    I just got done watching interstellar btw too, so this thread is extra dope.



  • Finding intelligent life could also mean our doom, just like Hawking said.



  • I love how we just assume that if there is life out there...that they'd be willing to meet us and share their culture. A lot of beings just want to survive and if they feel like we will eventually cause a threat, they could just take us out. We don't know what an alien would do or what it would look like..nor do we know if they are rational or think the way we do...or smarter than us....or micro cells that we don't need to come in contact with.

    It's kinda scary.


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    @mr_novalike said:

    I love how we just assume that if there is life out there...that they'd be willing to meet us and share their culture. A lot of beings just want to survive and if they feel like we will eventually cause a threat, they could just take us out. We don't know what an alien would do or what it would look like..nor do we know if they are rational or think the way we do...or smarter than us....or micro cells that we don't need to come in contact with.

    It's kinda scary.

    chill bruh everything is so far away we're not a threat to one another. Besides the chances are that any life we find won't be intelligent.

    This nasa mission isn't travelling to planets, it's just "sniffing" them with the telescopes and satellites. They'll measure gases etc. It's currently impossible for us to travel that far, and vice versa.



  • @Mavis said:

    @mr_novalike said:

    I love how we just assume that if there is life out there...that they'd be willing to meet us and share their culture. A lot of beings just want to survive and if they feel like we will eventually cause a threat, they could just take us out. We don't know what an alien would do or what it would look like..nor do we know if they are rational or think the way we do...or smarter than us....or micro cells that we don't need to come in contact with.

    It's kinda scary.

    chill bruh everything is so far away we're not a threat to one another. Besides the chances are that any life we find won't be intelligent.

    This nasa mission isn't travelling to planets, it's just "sniffing" them with the telescopes and satellites. They'll measure gases etc. It's currently impossible for us to travel that far, and vice versa.

    pretty much
    it'd take life times to travel that far with our current technology
    we not beefing on any other planets any time soon


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    @VandG and not just that. space is 100% hostile to life as we know it. not just time, resources, and air but also radiation. in our present form it is highly unlikely we'd become interstellar spacefaring. however transhumanism will be the next logical step before we get to that point, but even before that point lets solve this eco problem.


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