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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.

October 7, 2014skipy No Comments »
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Increasing Chance of Detecting ET


The probe into whether the existence of extraterrestrials is true or just a fictional concept is likely to remain in eternity unless one could present valid evidence that these supernatural creatures really exist. But the discovery of a planet which is estimated to be just 4 light years away from earth is considered to be hosting extraterrestrial life.

The revelation of new planets is made possible by powerful telescopes which are purposely created to find evidence that aliens may be just out there hovering in the universe, waiting to be encountered by humans. In fact, since the early 1990s, hundreds of exoplanets have been unveiled using these high-tech telescopes. According to astronomer Bob Nichol at Portsmouth University in the UK, the discovery of new planets increases the possibility that humans may find extraterrestrial life in the near future.

At Geneva Observatory, researchers theorized that the newly discovered planet may be capable of support life since it is too close to its own sun, which is also a common indicator that it has neighbor planets that are also orbiting the star in the same system.

Two super telescopes are expected to take launch in the next decades: the Extreme Large Telescope (E-ELT) of Europe and the radio telescope Square Kilometer Array (SKA). These two devices are built for only one aim, which is to look for signs of extraterrestrials on other planets. Astron general director Mike Garrett of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy sees the capabilities of these new telescopes to effectively detect alien life in the future.

November 9, 2012skipy No Comments »
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China Prioritizing Search for Extraterrestrial Life


While China is taking over the world with its products, it is also racing up to finding intelligence outer space. China is making search for extraterrestrials a national priority. Ever since they launched their first astronaut, China has become hooked.

aliensTiangong 1, China’s first established space station, was on its way to space on 2011. The year after that, China perfectly managed to land the manned Shenzhou 9 mission at the space station. And currently, the sleeping giant, China, is devising a plan on exploring the Moon and Mars.

Making the search for aliens is made possible by Xi Jinping, China’s Vice President. The Vice President lately announced at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Beijing China. As per China Daily, Vice President Xi Jinping made it clear that the country is more focused on becoming a world leader and an intergalactic pioneer.

A professor at the University of Hong Kong named Sun Kwok was moved by the Vice President’s appearance and speech at the said event. And with that happening, Sun Kwok strongly believes that exploring space and finding extraterrestrials is a national anteriority.

The professor was also placed as the vice president of the International Astronomical Union’s or IAU bio astronomy Commission 51 during the assembly. And Kwok concluded that with the advancement of China’s research on alien life, they would find what they are looking for within the next 50 years or 20 years, if they are lucky enough.

October 11, 2012skipy 2 Comments »
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Search for Extraterrestrial Concluded to be More Challenging


Rich countries are so desperate to look for extraterrestrials in the Solar System that they continuously send a series of space missions with the strong hope that they could find even just a tiny proof. But research conducted in Tagish Lake in northeastern British Columbia, Canada discovered what scientists describe as an indicator of extraterrestrial life.
The meteorites in the lake are found to have two amino acids and an excess of left-handed glutamic and aspartic acids. The findings are linked to terrestrial life due to the fact that radioactivity resulting in heating could have melted frozen water inside the asteroids in which the amino acids are dissolved.

Study’s lead author Daniel Glavin at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA said that the research study is the first ever to make a proposal that large-handed enrichments are naturally present in non-biological materials.

Fragments of the meteorites that are lurking on the Frozen Tagish Lake were examined by researchers and gave them an idea that molecules with specific could have been associated with extraterrestrials. Study results also showed that left-handed forms of common amino acids in meteorites are preferred over the right-handed ones as proven by the liquid water inside an asteroid.
Glavin concluded that an explanation for the use of only left-handed amino acids by all known life for creating proteins.

The explosion of a large meteoroid in January 2000 over northern British Columbia caused such fragments to fall across the lake. Fragment pieces were collected by witnesses, keeping them frozen for preservation. The researchers reasoned out that though the phenomenon resulted in a little indication from extraterrestrials from the outer space, the search for alien life still requires strategic rethinking.

September 14, 2012skipy No Comments »
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Alien Encounter Could Be Possible This Century


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Some scientists believe that a close encounter with aliens could be possible this century. It has been speculated that the humans will be able to get some signs of alien life elsewhere. Other researchers note that planets that are rocky with carbon dioxide could be possibly homing intelligent life.

aliensThere has been a debate on whether politicians or the press will reveal first the information about extraterrestrials or life beyond Earth. But it could be unrealistic to communicate with these extraordinary beings through radio since it would take decades to reach them. However, the possibility of meeting them remains in the minds of people.

In fact, a survey shows that both men and women believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life. It adds that many humans would support the idea of searching for a contact with aliens. Though humans are not capable of traveling faster than the speed of light, participants of the survey are still optimistic about communicating with outer space beings.

However, other participants are concern over how would aliens behave once they reach humans. They have fear of possible alien invasion. Others say that Earth would be set through the fire because extraterrestrials may consume its resources. Study participants may have different opinions on the issue. Nevertheless, the likelihood of encountering aliens soon is likely to continue.

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July 25, 2012skipy No Comments »
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Public Invited to Free Lecture at NASA Goddard: Search for Extraterrestrial Life


Glavin reveals that he will have a small scale model of the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity that’s presently on its way to Mars. He’s praying for a harmless landing on Mars in August. The lecture will explain the idea of a livable environment and the situations on the prehistoric Earth that guided to the beginning of life. Comprehending the prebiotic chemistry that led to the appearance of Earth life and other essential things for life will help direct our exploration for life outside Earth. Glavin will share a summary of the Mars Exploration Program.

According to Glavin, Mars isn’t the only planet that has promises for extraterrestrial life but also Saturn, the frosty moons of Jupiter, Endeladus and Europa that can have wide sub-surface oceans proficient in sustaining life. The challenge for engineers and scientists for the incoming decades will be to invent small technologies and instruments proficient for discovering life outside Earth. Dr. Glavin first became tangled in Astrobiology research in 1996 when a meteorite found in Antarctica from Mars exposed potential remains of a prehistoric martian life form. He is presently engrossed in the study of organic elements in meteorites and the search for extraterrestrial life.

This free lecture is offered to Dr. Gerald Soffen (1926-2000)who was the Director of Life Sciences at NASA Headquarters, Project scientist for NASA’s Earth Observing System, led the science team for NASA’s Viking Program, and initiated NASA Academy – NASA’s premiere leadership training internship. He was famously known for his fervor for inspiring the incoming generation of engineers and scientists.

Visitors for the free talk that have submitted pre-registration forms already have seats reserved for them. However, guests without pre-registration are still welcome and excess seating is permitted to assist everyone.

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Enceladan Ocean Discovery and the Chance of Discovering Extraterrestrial Life


There are many major oceans that children find them hard to remember. Now, there is one that adds up to the list, the Enceladan Ocean. The name is attractive and it seems that the ocean is so beautiful but the chance to go there is still not possible. It is located in one of the 66 moons of Saturn known as Enceladus. The Enceladus has been known since 1789 when it was first spotted but the discovery on the presence of ocean in the moon is something new and considered by many scientists as game-changing thing.

Enceladus has been considered as one of the brilliant member of Saturn’s marble bag of satellites. Its main attraction is its dazzling brightness. In 1982, scientists found out that the moon is covered in ice and being constantly repaved. Fresh and white cosmic snow filled the vast valleys and basins.

In 2008, Cassini spacecraft scientists confirmed that the moon has ordinary water filled with carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, potassium salts and other organic materials. However, scientists are not certain of how much water was there.

That question finally answered last week with the new Cassini images revealing cracks known as tiger stripes in the ice on the Enceladan surface. The two side of the cracks move laterally relative to each other and there was a shift being observed when Enceladus makes its closest approach to Saturn.

Scientists now think that if there is ocean in that moon, maybe extraterrestrial life is also present. Another possible discovery related to that extraterrestrial ocean could even more interesting as scientists hope that they will finally find proof of extraterrestrial life.

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Science Channel is Exploring Extraterrestrial Life


Science Channel is trying to answer the question “Are We Alone?” as it dedicate the month of March to explore questions regarding extraterrestrial life. Science Channel’s website states it partnered with SETI Institute and TED to get individuals who can discuss whether humanity is alone or not in the Universe. The series “Are We Alone?” features experts who are very knowledgeable of that question.

This series is one of Science Channel originals. The first series was aired on March 6, 2012 titled “Through the Wormhole. “ The first episode entitled “Will We Survive First Contact?” Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman hosted the series. The series features ideas and discussions by experts who have done different research on extraterrestrials and what would it be like when first encounter happens. Two of the most notable and reputable experts Michio Kaku and Paul Davies have made appearances in the television special series.

A two-part series “Alien Encounters” adds two more hours of the channel’s E.T. programing in the month of March. According to the channel’s website, this show explores the questions “What will happen next if humanity receives a message from extraterrestrials?” What will be the humans’ reaction upon learning that a spacecraft is coming close to Earth?” and “Will humans learn from aliens, or become colonial subjects?”

The show features leading astronomers Frank Drake and Seth Shostak of SETI project. The first part of Alien Encounters, titled “The Message” premiers on March 13, Tuesday, and the second part titled “The Arrival,” premieres on March 20, Tuesday.

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