Finding proof of alien life has been one of the major goal of NASA for a long period of time and earlier on Thursday, astrophysicist Thomas Zurbachen has told the US of Representatives that the humanity is on the verge of one of its most profound discoveries.
As expected, he referred to the recent discovery related to Enceladus by Cassini space probe from few weeks earlier. Earlier last month, reports came out that the moon is capable of supporting human life thanks to the hydrothermal reactions taking place below the moon’s surface. If the scientists are able to find life forms in the moon, then scientists will be certain about the possibility of different forms of life on other planets around the universe.
Talking about the recent discovery and the possibility of finding alien life in future, Zurbachen said, “For example, just two weeks ago, NASA’s Cassini mission confirmed the presence of hydrogen from plumes on Saturn’s moon Enceladus while our Hubble Space Telescope team announced the second observation of possible plumes near the equator of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Both discoveries display the potential for life-enabling energy sources in oceans hidden from view under an icy crest, a confirmation of which would be significant to all of NASA.”
He continued, “That’s because scientists believe the plumes are spewing from cracks in these moons’ icy shells with material indicative of hydrothermal activity on their ocean floor; and we know that within many hydrothermal vents in our deep oceans on Earth, we find life. Scientists are currently debating if life may have originated at locations like these.”
Prior to the discovery in Enceladus, NASA’s Curiosity rover found that the rocky planet had the proper condition to support life although it’s unknown how did the planet formed its current state. He referred to the groundbreaking discovery by Curiosity as he said, “While we haven’t found definitive signs of life elsewhere just yet, our search is making remarkable progress and astrobiology is a focus of a growing number of NASA missions.”
As the discovery of exoplanets have gained momentum in recent months, scientists are expecting some groundbreaking findings from these findings in the future. Earlier in February, NASA announced discovery of seven earth sized planets which might be able to support life.
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