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Ever thought about life forms in space?
Have you ever gazed up in the skies at night in your backyard, with a drink (preferably wine-just a personal preference) just to examine the lovely bright stars that glimmered and illuminated the galaxies from thousands and thousands of light years away. Have you wondered how constellations are formed or how a star is born?
However, most importantly have you as an individual ever pondered about whether in there was, in existence even a glimmer of hope lying ahead that miraculously, life forms do exists in space and in our universe, that there are other sort of ‘creatures’ and living things among the universe, let alone the milky way that comprises of our solar system which is one of the hundred billion galaxies that exist in the observable universe. Did it ever dawn on you guys of how these living things could look like, are they hostile or friendly, what are they and a list of countless questions that I’m sure would bugger us for eternity. Do people develop a sense of unwavering urge to actually want to discover about these sort of things and phenomenon and accept the truth that we are not alone…
Once again, we are occasionally bound to run into some articles or articles that mention about strange sightings or that government agencies has had ample evidence to support the existence of other forms of life that thrive. Similarly last year as deduced from sources and the newspapers that the director of the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence Research Centre located at UC Berkeley, Dan Wertheimer has spoken to Congress about hopes of finding alien life. It was reported that the Delta II rocket consisting of NASA’s launched Kepler spacecraft which lifted off on March 6, 2009 has discovered thousands of probable alien world, with hundreds of the being verified. American astronomer Frank Drank has successfully derived what is known as the Drake equation to estimate the number of technological civilizations that might exist in the Milky Way galaxy. A simplified version of this equation is that it basically uses the estimated number of stars and multiply it by the fractions that have planets, develop life, harbouring intelligent life and such. In the near future, with a higher percentage of funding allocated towards space research, enhanced and advanced space equipment could be produced, which would efficiently lead to faster and more accurate discoveries.
Taken into consideration of our modern-age technologies and the rapidly growing world that revolves non-stop on a daily basis, “We know where to look. We know how to look.” As quoted by NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan on April,7 during a panel discussion as she then predicts that humanity is on the verge of discovering extra-terrestrial life. It is believed that hopefully by 2025, signs of alien life would start to surface. One of the several reasons that has led scientists from all over the world and NASA to believe that humans are not the only life form was due to the fact of the numerous other habitable environments. Solid evidence such as oceans of liquid water slosh underneath the icy shells of Jupiter moons, Europa and Ganymede affirms this proposition. Moreover, this is accentuated by NASA’s curiosity rover discovery of carbon-organic molecules and ‘fixed’ nitrogen basic ingredients vital to sustain Earth-like life on Mars.
In relation to recent events, NASA MRO had discovered evidence of flowing liquid water on Mars which significantly surges the odds of finding alien life-forms as although we know water exists on Mars, it is mostly frozen, in a gaseous state or trapped underground. Thus, considering the need to send astronauts to Mars to investigate and collect samples. Even as an individual, the spark in me that extinguished ages ago of ruling out existence of other life form now lit up bright again, knowing that humanity is closer than ever and is bound to find out the ‘truth’ about our living ‘friends’ from other planets. Think about the future, if we humans manage to successfully locate and affirm the existence of extra-terrestrial life forms, how would we communicate with them? Questions like this as reiterated from the first paragraph are what enable the drive and urge to explore!
I hope that this has gotten u to start thinking and pondering about what lay ahead in the sky up above us. Up till then the issue of life-forms remains as a hotly debated topic and till now, would always remain as an interesting and ambiguous one until it is scientifically proven.