NASA Scientist James Green has very compelling evidence that alien life could likely live in our very own Solar System.
What we know about the universe at this stage of history points to very compelling evidence that at least 25% of the stars contained within it have the qualities that support alien life. Recently, the discovery of the qualities possessed within the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system set the astronomy world abuzz. Experts gushed with the hope that we will one day make a connection with alien life from such places.
However, Green suggests alien life is much closer to home. In fact, the potential is even next door.
Planet qualities that can support life
Green explains that three core qualities are essential for a planet to be able to support life potentially. The planet must contain liquid water, an energy source, and organic material. In some cases, an alternative liquid, like methane could support life. But that life would be completely different to anything we currently understand.
Big Bang theorists believe that this monumental explosion expelled all of the components that can create life. It would be narrow-minded to think that such ingredients would only exist upon this minuscule speck that we call Earth.
Amongst the infinite possibilities within reality, it is clear that life is more than inevitable elsewhere. It is merely the limitations of our technology that make us assume we are alone in the universe.
Aliens next door
As human technology has advanced at exponential speed over the past century, we have learned much more details about the planets within our solar system. We have been able to send the latest technology to many planets and moons close by us, sending probes and rovers that reveal compelling evidence of the potential for alien life.
There are four places of interest within our solar system; let us take a look at them:
On the outset, Mars has always been assumed to be too arid, but it has been well-established that at one time in the distant past, it showed evidence that it may have potentially had life there. NASA’s Curiosity Rover was able to determine that indeed river beds once existed on the surface of the planet.
Additionally, when the rover dug deep beneath the red surface, an inner gray layer was discovered. This gray layer revealed evidence that organic matter had existed on Mars. The substance perchlorate was present within the soil. Percholate is not only a powerful energy source, but several microbes here on Earth also consume it as food.
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