NASA is moving forward to discover that we are not alone in the Universe. Yesterday, a public meeting with NASA’s chief and top scientists was held in Washington D.C. They are moving forward on the belief that extraterrestrials living outside of our Solar System will be found within the next two decades, reports Redorbit.
The confidence for this bold statement to go where we have not yet discovered alternate life forms is the Kepler space telescope. This has allowed scientists to observe 700 brand new planets year to date in 2014.
NASA called the press conference to proclaim that in the very near future stars seen in the heavens will be identified and the planet associated with that star according to Sara Seager, a professor of planetary science and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Once they acquire observations from the planet based telescoped, then study is moved to space-based stations such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope. The power and technological advancement of these scopes allow for many stars to be viewed with the capability to determine if the star has an orbiting planet. Water, the key ingredient can be detected on many of these observations.
NASA’s plans to explore the galaxy will require an effort of magnitude according to Matt Mountain, director and the Webb telescope scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. He explained that it is within reach to discover and change the world forever, but “It is going to take a continuing partnership between NASA, science, technology, the U.S. and international space endeavors, as exemplified by the James Webb Space Telescope, to build the next bridge to humanity’s future.”
It is an exciting adventure for which NASA plans to have an upgraded version of the Kepler, named the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite in 2017. What is in the plan and the long term goals for the vision is happening today and are based upon the findings from the observations. NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated that he believes, “in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe.”
To accent the progress due to the Kepler telescope Mountain clarified yesterday, that the observations have led to estimates of billions of planets in our galaxy and most are less than three times the diameter of Earth. The Kepler telescope found one Earth-sized planet in what he calls the “habitable zone” of a star with liquid water on the surface.
These findings have come to the scientists observations only within the past five years. The future is very bright in the stars for the quest to find other life forms.