The final frontier: Discovering alien life has become a brand new precedence for NASA
NASA has launched an “unprecedented” drive to seek out alien life – and it needs your help.
Its new Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) group will unite scientists and house specialists from quite a lot of disciplines.
Humanity’s quest to search out life out in deep area has taken on a brand new urgency in latest months.
Scientists not too long ago highlighted 50 galaxies which might host extraterrestrial lifeforms and NASA stated we may discover alien life inside a decade.
To assist pace the search alongside, NASA additionally desires novice alien hunters to become involved and has pledged to offer up its analysis knowledge to the general public.
Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science, stated: “This interdisciplinary endeavor connects high analysis groups and gives a synthesized method within the seek for planets with the best potential for indicators of life.
“The hunt is just not solely a precedence for astronomers, it is of eager curiosity to planetary and local weather scientists as well.”
NASA has set up a web site for ET hunters referred to as Planet Hunters which permits “citizen scientists” to go looking the info gathered by Kepler, an area telescope which has already found big numbers of alien planets since launching six years in the past.
To establish alien worlds, astronomers search for indicators they’re passing in entrance of stars – a course of referred to as “transiting”.
The seek for exoplanets – the phrase for planets that are discovered outdoors our photo voltaic system – began in earnest in 1995, when the primary one was found.
For the reason that launch of Kepler, some 1,000 exoplanets have been found.