Every NASA mission must search for alien life

Every NASA mission must search for alien life

According to the new report, NASA will significantly improve the chances of finding life in distant worlds, if it is engaged in searches in all space missions

The new report indicates that the search for signs of alien life should be part of every future NASA mission. On October 10, 17 scientists prepared a report promulgated by NASEM. It stressed the importance of including astrobiology (the study of the origin of life on Earth and the possibility of development in other worlds) in each phase of all NASA missions.

Why now? In recent years, astrophysicists have been able to find thousands of exoplanets, and biologists are revealing new views on the complexity and diversity of earthly life. These discoveries contribute to the fact that life can exist in other worlds, so all missions in space exploration should include technologies for detecting traces of alien organisms.

The current view of the universe is full of planets. NASA's Kepler mission managed to find 2300 confirmed worlds. Statistics show that 6 out of 10 stars may have planets like Earth. A huge number of well-known exoplanets offers exciting opportunities to search for biosignals - chemical markers that indicate signs of life. Astrobiology is a series of scientific disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and planetary science. Individually and together, these areas of knowledge help to solve the riddle of how life can arise and develop in worlds other than Earth. In the report, scientists recommended that NASA accelerate the development of technologies for detecting microscopic organisms, citing the lack of a single flight-ready tool.

It was also suggested that direct imaging systems that suppress starlight should be used outside the solar system to improve the detection of biosignals from planets around other stars. You can also plan more missions to search for life under the surface of the icy, rocky and oceanic worlds.

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