Due simply to the vast nature of the universe, the possibility of extraterrestrial life can absolutely not be discarded. Although humans have yet to discover species living on any planet aside from Earth, two U.S. astronomers appeared before Congress in order to explain that the chance of discovering alien life is “nearly inevitable,” according to RT.
The astronomers included Dan Werthimer and Seth Shostak of the SETI Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, who appeared in Congress to request additional funding in the search for extraterrestrial life.
“The universe is likely to be teeming with primitive life,” Werthimer said, citing the numerous habitable planets that have been discovered by astronomers in recent years. “In the last 50 years, evidence has steadily mounted that the components and conditions we believe necessary for life are common and perhaps ubiquitous in our galaxy. The possibility that life has arisen elsewhere, and perhaps evolved intelligence, is plausible and warrants scientific inquiry.”
According to Discovery News, the majority of government funding has been focused on Mars exploration, although scans of the atmospheres of distant planets also regularly take place. Werthimer and Shostak believe that increased efforts on finding extraterrestrial life could yield results within the next 20 years.
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“The fact that we haven’t found anything means nothing,” said Shostak, “We’ve only just begun to search."