Are We on The Brink Of Discovering Aliens?

Are We Ready?

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It’s mind boggling just how far we have come from something so small and simple as the first telescope developed in the late 17th century, entering space in 1959, and only a decade later placing the first human on the Moon.

Over the past half century we have seen increasing amounts of research into answering one of the most controversial questions of all time, “Are we alone in this universe?” Over the past two decades, scientists have been busy tabulating a variety of characteristics of our solar system and fine tuning them to help determine the possibility of life to appear on other celestial bodies such as the chemical composition, stability of our orbit, temperature, size, and the brightness of our sun.

NASA sets their sights on Earth-size planets within habitable zones of Sun-like stars that are similar enough for us to truly study their atmosphere. On April 8, NASA’s top scientist predicts that we’ll discover signs of alien life by 2025, with even more evidence in the years to follow.

On a panel event on water in the universe, NASA’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan said “We know where to look. We know how to look,” Stofan added. “In most cases we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it. And so I think we’re definitely on the road.” NASA astronomer Kevin Hand also predicted a big discovery.”I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe.”

For the most part NASA believes that when we do find evidence of life, it’s likely it won’t be signs of alien civilization but rather something much, much smaller such as micro-organisms.

In my opinion, not necessarily in my lifetime but within the near future we will discover life forms that are larger and more advanced. I don’t think as a civilization we are ready to come into contact with advanced life forms. As a whole we have just really mastered travel on our own planet and we are already looking into space travel. We ask ourselves if we are alone in the universe, but its like running before you can walk. What we need to be worried about is if we are even ready to come into contact with other life forms?

We are simply just not intelligent enough. We have only completed a handful of successful space missions where we have taken individuals to the moon. If we did come into contact with extraterrestrial life forms especially if it meant that they came to earth, we would be so far behind technologically.

For starters, for an alien to come to our planet, they would of mastered space travel. That means being able to travel vast distances at a unthinkable speed and be able to sustain themselves for an extended period of time in space.

Just last year, the Kepler Space Telescope was used to find an Earth-sized planet about 500 light years away. It is just far enough from its star that it could have life-sustaining water, scientists say. To put that into perspective, The Voyager spacecraft left the solar system at 37,000 miles per hour. At that speed, it would take Voyager upwards of 10 million years to reach.