Three Scientific Discoveries That Make Finding Alien Life Inevitable

By: 06.15.12

In case you hadn’t noticed, there are some pretty exciting strides in finding aliens in the last month or so. We could discover alien life as soon as a decade from now. Here’s why.

The Kepler Discoveries

Our love of Kepler, the orbiting telescope that NASA is currently using, is well-documented, but probably the most important conclusion was just arrived at recently: where there are stars, there are planets. And the science shows they’re old, small, rocky planets…the kind of planets that can support life.

That doesn’t mean there are a billion Earths out there, but what it does mean is that the odds for life, and more importantly, life that’s had time to evolve into that whole “society” thing, just became that much more likely. Furthermore, in the far future, it means that there will likely be planets we can move onto and terraform in every single star, provided life isn’t already on them.

Page 2

Jupiter’s Moons Could Hold Life…And the European Space Agency Is Looking for It

In 2022, the European Space Agency has just announced, they’ll be launching the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer, with the unfortunate acronym of JUICE. JUICE’s job is, essentially, to examine the moons of Jupiter, specifically Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto, for life. It’ll be at the moons in 2033.

It’s more than just idle speculation or hope. There’s real scientific evidence that macrofauna, that is, full on animal life, could live in the oceans on Europa. Yes, there is a distinct possibility that, twenty years from now, we’ll discover space fish.

It’s also going to scan Ganymede for organic life, or at least the potential to offer a habitat to organic life. These moons are icy, yes, but they also have liquid water and possibly the building blocks of life. What form that life may take, we have no idea. But we’re going to find out.

Around The Web


From Zero To Guitar Hero, Meet The Small-Town Musician Who’s Well On His Way

Hannibal Buress On ‘Comedy Camisado,’ Animation, And Doing Stand-Up In Japan

Phil Matarese And Mike Luciano Talk ‘Animals.’ And Creating Television In Their Apartment

‘Black Sheep’ Revisited: The Farley-Spade Classic That Could’ve Been, 20 Years Later

EAT THIS CITY: Chef Callie Speer Shares Her ‘Can’t Miss’ Food Experiences In Austin, Texas

Kimbo Slice Is Down To Fight Kurt Angle And Roy Jones, Jr. As Soon As He Settles His Business At Bellator 149

By:  •  2 Comments

A Top Recruit Michigan Landed On Signing Day Isn’t Who You Think He Is At All

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. On How His Personal Ancestry Obsessions Led To ‘Finding Your Roots’

Love Books? Plan A Trip To The Most Literary City In The Country

What The Shot-For-Shot Remake Of The ‘Magnum P.I.’ Intro Tells Us About ‘Archer’ Season 7

By:  •  2 Comments

‘The Most Badass Event’: Experiencing A Truck Race On A Ski Mountain, Which Is As Crazy As It Sounds

I Got My Ass Kicked In A Motorcycle Club’s Underground Boxing Match… And It Was Awesome