Stone-breathing aliens? Why not! Specialists at NASA's US space agency believe that we should not only think about the life forms that we know. According to some researchers, in the search for extraterrestrial life, scientists should focus not on the planets, but on the satellites of our solar system, on which the presence of water is confirmed. It is no secret that water contributes to the development of life even under the most adverse conditions. At the same time, life on other planets and moons can be so strange that even people with the richest imagination will not be able to imagine such a thing.
What kind of aliens can be?
Nathan Yee is a researcher fromNASA-sponsored Rutgers University teaches astrobiology, the science of studying life outside of our planet. In science fiction works, writers and directors put a lot of effort into finding signs of life, such as plants, animals, and organisms that resemble us. But there is a higher probability that alien life exists at a microscopic level. This fact is much more interesting if you recall what the earliest forms of life on Earth are capable of. If oxygen is removed, as happened with the atmospheres of the ancient Earth or Mars, microbes will appear that will find a way to breathe other things, such as iron found inside stones. What else do you think representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations may be? Let's talk about this with the participants in our Telegram chat.
It is interesting: Aliens exist and have already visited our planet.
Yi is a co-researcher sponsored by NASAENIGMA project at Rutgers University and professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry. The ENIGMA team is trying to figure out how the proteins that researchers describe as “complex nanomachines” evolved to create life on Earth. Yi also collaborates with NASA on Mars and the upcoming mission to the Red Planet in 2020. This collaboration is explained by the fact that NASA specialists need a person who has knowledge of microbes that interact with minerals and biosignatures. Ancient terrestrial microbes left traces of their existence in the rocks after they died.
Astrobiology - the science of the future?
Astrobiology course that teaches Yistarted this semester at a university in New Jersey. It covers the origin of life on Earth and how it relates to life on other planets. In the future, humanity will be able to achieve success in the search for life outside the Earth, including through similar courses at universities. It is possible that astrobiology will become one of the most important areas of science in the next 20 to 30 years. The reason for this is also the fact that new flights into space and new telescope technologies make it easier to find the building blocks of life on other planets and moons.
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Wherever liquid water is found on Earth, it has been discoveredmicrobial life. People are intelligent enough to understand that if in our star system there are planets that have oceans, then you should look for alien microbes in them. Europe, which is one of the moons of Jupiter, is an ideal candidate for the existence of life under layers of ice. The moon of Saturn Enceladus has geysers and hot springs that erupt from its south pole. It is logical that scientists intend to seek life on the satellites of the gas giants. Note that scientists do not think that whales, octopuses or other alien creatures will be found on Europe or Enceladus, but they are almost sure that there is microbial life on these moons. And it continues to evolve. Do you agree with the opinion of scientists or do you think that these moons are completely uninhabited?