Congress Searches for Intelligent Life
A few small words for man, one giant leap for NASA. A seemingly minor addition to the 2017 NASA Authorization Act may launch us closer to learning whether there’s really life out there. By ordering the space agency to “search for life’s origins, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe,” Congress effectively gave NASA permission to seek out extraterrestrials. And they’ve already begun: Scientists have identified thousands of exoplanets, some in the Earth-like “Goldilocks zone.” Next year a massive new telescope will begin detecting life-indicating gases emanating from those worlds.