#Alien #NASA – EXCLUSIVE: We Asked NASA About 7 Places In Space Most Likely To Have Alien Life : If there were alien life in the universe, where would it be? Several recent NASA discoveries indicate that alien life on other planets in our solar system is a lot more plausible than we previously thought.
To get an idea of the chances of NASA finding little green men or microbes, The Daily Caller News Foundation sat down with Dr. Penelope Boston, director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, and Dr. Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
Mars ranked among Boston’s top choices for alien life. “Mars is really big, and when we send missions we can only interrogate a small portion of it,” Boston told TheDCNF. “We’ve been working incrementally to kinda creep up on life and do it in a holistic way.
The Viking missions of the 1970s were an attempt to look for life holistically, but our state-of-the-art at the time simply wasn’t up to the task. It also became clear to us just how difficult a task looking for life was. We’re looking for extremely small and extremely cryptic forms of life.”
The Red Planet may contain habitats which can potentially support life, NASA-sponsored geologists at the University of Aberdeen announced early last month.
The geologists found that hydrogen, a critical component necessary to support life, can be produced by earthquakes on Earth. They concluded that the same kind of “Marsquakes” could produce hydrogen on Mars, removing a major barrier to life.
NASA is also considering plans to put a large space station in orbit above Mars by 2028, according to plans outlined in August by major aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin. Astronauts would live aboard the “Mars Base Camp” for a year to collect information in preparation for the first manned landing.
Lockheed Martin’s plan will construct a 132-ton space station around Mars capable of hosting six astronauts for a year. In comparison, the International Space Station weighs about 440 tons.
“We’re very conscious of the fact that we’re trying to do this in the most cost-effective way to get the answers to these questions in a sensible and systematic fashion,” Boston continued.
“It’s a lot easier for us as field scientists to investigate places on Earth, which we can just walk to. Even if we never send humans to Mars, we can probably do a pretty good job in the search for life there.”