Every time the alien life or extraterrestridal life question crops up, NASA changes stand and keeps cautious without revealing the real data. Reversing the enthusiasm among the UFO and alien enthusiasts, NASA says its scientists are now convinced that extraterrestrial life will certainly be found conclusively by 2045.
The new time-frame has dampened the spirits of finding alien life by 2025 as revealed by NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan last week at a forum on habitable places in space. She said the big question about alien life is only when to find it and certainty of its existence is a possibility now.
“We are not talking about little green men…we are talking about little microbes,” she clarified immediately. The hope for finding other planet-mates is inching towards reality after NASA’s Curiosity rover found carbon-containing organic molecules and “fixed” nitrogen, necessary for Earth-like life on the Martian surface.
In addition, the findings of oceans of liquid water slosh beneath the icy shells of the Jupiter moons Europa and Ganymede, as well as that of the Saturn satellite Enceladus — have reiterated the belief. NASA’s Kepler space telescope found every star in the sky hosting planets which may be habitable.
The main challenge before NASA and the mankind is when would it be possible to find alien life. In a week’s time, the time-frame moved from 10 years to 30 years, from 2025 to 2045 now. With the next Mars rover scheduled to be launched in 2020, and manned mission to Mars to be a reality by 2030, perhaps the alien life could be found by 2045, according to NASA estimations.
Another ambitious project is to send a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa by 2022. But NASA is not forthcoming with an accurate timeframe owing to its past encounters of criticism over UFOs which haunts its image for allegedly covering up some vital clues to UFOs.
“I think we are one generation away in our solar system, whether it is on an icy moon or on Mars, and one generation on a planet around a nearby star,” adds another noted astronaut John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.