“Are We Alone?” We don’t know the answer to this question…. yet. But if we ever do, it will be because of the people, on whom today’s Needull sheds light on.
As you must be aware of, Nasa astronomers have spotted seven Earth-size planets around a nearby star, some or all of which could harbour water and possibly life. Even if you are not the news follower kind, you might have still noticed the intelligent Doodle from Google celebrating this discovery. Interestingly, three of these exoplanets are in the habitable zone— a magical place like earth, where liquid water can exist on the surface of rocky planets, as it’s not too hot or too cold. As the scientists study more about these planets, it would not come as a surprise that one of these planets might be the planet from where E.T and his desi cousin Jaadu came from.
Today’s Needull, a 2014 article from the pages of National Geographic, is our dedication to this Earth-shattering discovery. The article showcases the efforts of ‘astrobiologists‘, a clan of crazy scientists who are already devising instruments which can help us detect, analyse and if required, communicate with alien life. Are we Alone? Maybe, yes. Maybe, no. Either discovery will change the whole way we view ourselves: religion, politics, our individual psyches, everything. But until the ‘Arrival’, we need not just wait and watch.
If you can figure out how to isolate and identify life-forms that thrive in similarly extreme surroundings on Earth, you’re a step ahead in searching for life elsewhere.