Liquid Confidence

“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.

“It’s definitely not an if, it’s a when,” said Jeffery Newmark, one of Stofan’s colleagues.

NASA made these bold claims at a press conference earlier this month. Their confidence comes from their growing discoveries or strong indications of water. So far, they believe or have seen that Mercury, Mars, the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Ganymede, Europa, Callisto, Enceladus, and Titan all have water in their interiors or atmospheres. They are especially certain of liquid oceans on Europa and Enceladus, which both have the three components astrobiologists say are necessary for life- water, energy (volcanic activity), and chemicals used in biological processes. Here’s hoping for microbes.

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4 thoughts on “Liquid Confidence

  1. I’m curious as to how such a discovery will shape the next millennium for humans. We’ve gone so long believing we were “it” in the Universe that a discovery of life, particularly of the intelligent kind, will unhinge many of the foundations many humans have today.

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  2. I wonder how confidence in life on other worlds in our solar system will affect outer solar system exploration. For example, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab has a proposal “The Europa Clipper”, which would use radar technology to examine Europa’s ice shell and what lies beneath. Perhaps the seemingly strong possibility for life elsewhere will encourage decision-makers to support exploration of outer solar system worlds.

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  3. Hi, Grader here!
    Very interesting post! I agree with the NASA’s statements as well. It’s just a matter of fact for us to find some kind of life in the Universe. Just recently, NASA found evidence that there could be water under the surface of Mars, so the idea that there is more water out there, is not impossible. Very good!

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