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April 22, 2015

NASA forms a coalition to look for life on other planets

by John_A

NASA art depicting everything from Earth to a distant galaxy

NASA knows that it can’t rely solely on astronomers and robotic rovers to find life on other worlds, so it’s recruiting some help. The space agency has formed the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), a coalition of scientists who study astrophysics, Earth, other planets and the Sun. The group will use its collective knowledge to search for alien lifeforms using perspectives that NASA wouldn’t always have — how does the loss of atmospheric chemicals affect the chances for life, for example? NASA hopes that the group will not only determine the habitability of planets, but develop technology to study those planets in greater detail. There’s no guarantee that NExSS will discover organisms, let alone organisms that you might see within your lifetime, but the odds of success are now a bit higher.

[Image credit: NASA]

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Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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