Conspiracy theorists, UFO hunters, and extraterrestrial lovers around the globe can’t contain their joy at NASA’s announcements regarding alien life. Many believe that NASA is now confirming that intelligent life from other parts of the Universe has been visiting them. NASA indicated last week that the Kepler Space telescope had made new discoveries. NASA launched Kepler on March 7th 2009, in a heliocentric orbit Earth-trailing orbit. Its goal is to find Earth-sized planets orbiting stars beyond our Solar System. It is part of an effort to discover alien life, life not found on Earth. An extraterrestrial US survey by National Geographic Channel in 2012 revealed that more than 80million Americans, and 36%, believed that UFOs existed. Many believe that government cover-ups of alien activity are part of the reason why UFOs are so popular. 100 is not the sum of these three figures, as some answers were difficult to classify. Nearly every conspiracy theorist and alien enthusiast believes that NASA and other international space agencies have been keeping a huge secret about extraterrestrial existence for many decades. “The truth is out!” They’ve been saying for many years that “the truth is out.” The evidence will be so compelling and overwhelming that all those in power will need to admit the truth. In a statement last week, NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan announced strong evidence of life elsewhere than Earth. She has served as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden since August 2013,. Dr. Ellen Stofan is confident that we will soon have evidence of life on other planets. Image: nasa.gov. Dr. Ellen Stofan stated last week that there will be strong evidence of alien life within 10 years. It’s a time when we are going to be able to see the implications of what people have been wondering about for thousands of years. There are many ways we can interpret her words. The conspiracy theory community saw her comments as an implicit warning about being told soon about ultra-smart extraterrestrial intelligences. C Club, an conspiracy theory website made this comment about NASA’s announcements. “We will discover that apart from extraterrestrials visiting our planet, and many other ET races tinkering our DNA over millions of years, there are also ancient humanoid race that are more than 10million years old.” Many scientists, laypeople, and scholars around the world interpreted Dr. Stefan’s words differently. They believed that she would announce that a planet that looked like Earth was being discovered orbiting its habitable zone or upgraded Kepler spacecraft. Researchers are discovering more Earth-like planets within other planetary systems. Kepler -452b is a new exoplanet that has been found to be closest to our Sun-system. This artist’s impression of a planetary lineup shows habitable-zone exoplanets that are similar to Earth: from left, Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, the just announced Kepler-452b, Kepler-62f and Kepler-186f. Earth is on the far right. Image: NASA.gov. Astronomers have been making great strides over the last twenty years in finding exoplanets, planets that are not part of our Solar System. 1996, more than five thousand extraplanets were discovered since then. Most of these exoplanets are very close to their star and complete an orbit or year in a matter of hours, days, or weeks. A large number of these exoplanets have been discovered as close to their parent star as the Sun. They complete one orbit within one Earth-year. NASA’s Kepler Mission also seeks worlds farther out with orbits such as Saturn and Jupiter, which lie 5.2 and 1 respectively from the Sun. One AU is one Earth-to Sun distance. Stephen Hawking is a renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist who wonders if we should advertise our existence to aliens. We would be at their mercy, if they replied to our messages. They might be smarter than we are. Kepler Mission scientists also are interested in exoplanets floating free from a parent star. Some studies have shown that free-floating exoplanets are more common than stars within the Milky Way (our galaxies). NASA released the following announcement on 7 May: NASA’s K2 Mission, a repurposed Kepler space telescope mission and ground-based observatories joined forces to launch a global exoplanet observatory experiment. They will survey the Milky Way Galaxy’s center to find exoplanets orbiting nearby their sun. However, planet hunting techniques today have made it easier to locate exoplanets closer to the sun. The outer regions of a system’s planetary systems have been largely ignored. Scientists have developed a method that can search the farthest reaches of the universe and space between stars using the exoplanet detector toolkit. The technique is known as gravitational microlensing. Video: Do aliens exist. This video features Dr. Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer at SETI Research), discussing the possibility of alien life out there.
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