Researchers Could Find Extraterrestrial Life But Don’t Get Enough Funding From the Government

While alien life has been featured in many Hollywood movies and widely present in different media, it has never proven alien life exist even in the form of microbe.

Despite all adversities, researchers continue to pursue what could have been the greatest discovery of recent generation. These scientists support their speculations with astronomical facts that were not known by generation in the past.

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has some success in recent years, particularly on the discovery that the universe has many temperate worlds. Scientists discovered thousands of planets around other stars in the past 20 years. Recently discovered turn at least once a day rate.

It is more interesting to know that majority of stars have planets, suggesting that the Milky Way galaxy alone has trillions of planets. Kepler data suggests that 1 in 5 stars could be habitable since it is similar to Earth when it comes to size and temperatures. Such so-called habitable planets could be wrapped by atmospheres and covered in liquid water. In short, it is has a great probability that the Milky Way is a host to billions of Earth-like planets.

However, finding inhabitants in attractive cosmic land would be still difficult. The research for habitable planets so far has been indirect. NASA has been sending rovers to survey what is considered habitable surface in the universe. However, progress is sluggish and deliberate, mostly because of lack of funding.

The second method in looking for inhabitants is through using spectroscopy. A method that can determine the composition of an atmosphere in many light years away. However, researchers find it difficult to find oxygen or methane in someone else’s atmosphere because planets are dim and they orbit in bright stars. Solutions for this difficulty have been suggested by experts, such as sending high-tech orbiting telescopes and large light blockers. Engineers are capable to build the necessary equipment on a dozen years but could not do so because they had no money.

The third approach is looking for intelligent alien life by scanning for radio signals in the universe, but again, funding is very minimal.

NASA only has US$2.5 billion 2015 proposed budget for ongoing work on the new James Webb space telescope, astrophysics and planetary science. The budget is less than one-thousandth of the total federal budget of the U.S. Meanwhile, the budget for SETI, which search alien radio signals in the cosmos, will receive a thousand times less next year. The lack of will from the government hinders the process of discovering alien life.

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