TEMPO.CO, Washington – Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) believe new spacecraft and bigger space telescopes will bring them closer to finding alien life outside of Earth. This statement was conveyed by the NASA during a discussion on the search for extraterrestrial life in Washington.
NASA claimed that they would find alien life in the next 20 years. "We believe we're very, very close in terms of technology and science to actually finding the other Earth and our chance to find signs of life on another world," said Sara Seager, a professor of planetary science and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Seager joined the panel discussion with several NASA prominent experts such as the space agency’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan and former astronaut John Grunsfeld.
This mission will use the James Webb Space Telescope that is expected to launch in 2018, which will find evidence of life on nearby exoplanets. The telescope will seach for the presence of gases in exoplanet atmospheres that could only be produced if there is life.
Quoted from Tech Time on Tuesday, the telescope will consist of 18 hexagonal mirror segments that will work together with six-meter mirrors. With this mirror, which is almost tree times as large the mirror in the Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb Telescope will be the best in monitoring.
"With the James Webb, we have the first capability of finding life on other planets, but we have to get lucky; we have to beat the odds," Seager said.
In order to support this mission, the NASA will also launch a Survey Satellite that will come to exoplanets in 2017. The NASA predicted that this satellite would analyze around 100 million planets in the Milky Way that may contain another form of life.
RINDU P. HESTYA | TECH TIME