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ET: The Chances Of Finding Alien Life

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 12:06:32 -0400
Archived: Tue, 15 May 2012 12:06:32 -0400
Subject: ET: The Chances Of Finding Alien Life




Source: BBC.Com

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120509-the-chances-of-finding-et

14 May 2012


ET: The Chances Of Finding Alien Life

With new "Earth-like" planets being discovered every week, our
space columnist Richard Hollingham asks whether it has increased
our chances of finding intelligent alien life.

I've always imagined that on the wall at the Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Seti) Institute in California
there's a sealed cabinet. Beside it, a hammer and big red
letters reading: "In case of aliens, break glass". Inside will
be instructions about what to do next.

In fact Seti does have a special protocol listing the procedures
to follow if ET calls. It essentially boils down to this: tell
everyone, have meetings, and get nations to agree whether to
send a message back. Seti has recently updated this protocol,
which may be timely given the number of planetary discoveries
being notched up by Nasa's Kepler mission.

Launched in 2009, the Kepler space telescope is designed to
detect planets orbiting stars, other than the Sun, that might
support life. So far, it's found 2,321 possible planets and
confirmed 61. Of these, the one everyone has been getting
excited about is Kepler 22-b =96 a rocky planet in the "habitable
zone" of its solar system.

But this is likely to be only the first of many.

"We're going to be flooded with habitable worlds over the next
year or two," says Seth Shostak. As Seti's senior astronomer,
Shostak will be the guy behind the Casio keyboard tapping out
the D, E, C, C, G welcoming refrain when the big spaceship
lands.

"Kepler has three years worth of data which means it can start
discovering cousins of the Earth," Shostak explains. "So in some
sense, this is a predictable tsunami of habitable worlds and =96
from a big picture point of view =96 I try not to let my blood
pressure rise just because there's one more."


[More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]





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