Thursday, April 23, 2015

NASA Hoping To Find Alien Life By Funding NExSS

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have bolstered their efforts in searching for alien life through the help of the new Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program.

NASA is setting up a research team consisting of Earth climate experts from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) who will create a model of the Earth's climate and use it to look for other planets in space that have a similar climate.

Other members of the team include Earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists, and astrophysicists.

The space agency will also make use of the Kepler space telescope which has already identified 1,000 exoplanets since its launch six years ago. Five of these newly discovered planets have similar sizes to Earth and are considered to be habitable.

"We have to start thinking about these things as more than planetary objects," Anthony Del Genio, a climate modeller from the GISS effort, said.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have bolstered their efforts in searching for alien life through the help of the new Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program.

NASA is setting up a research team consisting of Earth climate experts from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) who will create a model of the Earth's climate and use it to look for other planets in space that have a similar climate.

Other members of the team include Earth scientists, planetary scientists, heliophysicists, and astrophysicists.

The space agency will also make use of the Kepler space telescope which has already identified 1,000 exoplanets since its launch six years ago. Five of these newly discovered planets have similar sizes to Earth and are considered to be habitable.

"We have to start thinking about these things as more than planetary objects," Anthony Del Genio, a climate modeller from the GISS effort, said.

Source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/48196/20150423/nasa-hoping-to-find-alien-life-by-funding-nexss.htm