Friday, April 24, 2015

NASA's Hunt for Alien Life Taken To Next Level

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NASA's Hunt for Alien Life Taken To Next Level

By Ed Mazza
The Huffington Post

     NASA is taking the hunt for life on other worlds to the next level.

The space agency has assembled a team of experts from across scientific fields at some of the nation's leading universities and research institutes to see if any of the more than 1,000 planets discovered outside our solar system may be habitable.

The initiative is called Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), and it brings together earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists and astrophysicists.

“This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life,” Jim Green, NASA’s Director of Planetary Science, said in a news release. “The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it’s of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well.”

The move comes just weeks after NASA's top scientist predicted that mankind will soon find indications of life outside of Earth. . . .

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