The Men in Black at what’s left of NASA, in between rounds of celebrating Islamic science, are boldly going where no bureaucrats have gone before:
Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly “no.”
“I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,” Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel Tuesday in Washington. “We know where to look, we know how to look, and in most cases we have the technology,” she said.
Jeffery Newmark, interim director of heliophysics at the agency put it this way: “It’s definitely not an if, it’s a when.”
So, little green men or LGBTQWERTYUIOP, then? No.
“We are not talking about little green men,” Stofan said. “We are talking about little microbes.”
Over the course of an hourlong presentation, NASA leaders described a flurry of recent discoveries that suggest we are closer than ever to figuring out where we might find life in the solar system and beyond.
It’s actually a fascinating story, so please read the whole thing. After all, if they can find microbes on Mars, they could eventually lead us to Dejah Thoris.