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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts


Here's the full quote, as delivered by NASA Chief scientist Ellen Stofan at Tuesday's panel discussion on the Agency's search for habitable worlds and alien life:
"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.

We know where to look. We know how to look," Stofan added. "In most cases we have the technology, and we're on a path to implementing it. And so I think we're definitely on the road."

Former astronaut John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, echoed Stofan's assessment. "I think we're one generation away in our solar system, whether it's on an icy moon or on Mars, and one generation [away] on a planet around a nearby star."

Maybe it's time to start placing bets. Personally, my money's on Europa – but each of the following "ocean worlds" listed in this infographic from NASA a solid candidate:


Source :io9


  1. Have you seen this one yet? I think I'll write something up on it tomorrow.

  2. Very interesting article !!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  3. No problem. Hopefully my brain will be up for it tomorrow. LOL

  4. And NASA tends to be a bit conservative in their estimates, so it may even be sooner. For this one discovery, I should still be alive and will get to enjoy it. Gonna be a cool find.

  5. I always want to meet the aliens :) Thank you to inform us when.

  6. What a great poster that would be... :-)

  7. You know, an ocean-world Pluto would be so majestically strange that it wouldn't even need to have life on top of that.