This question has most likely been asked for thousands of years—do aliens really exist? Since the 1970s, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program (SETI) has been looking to the stars for answers. With the discovery of Kepler-452b by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, which orbits a star similar to our Sun, and sits at a distance roughly the same as Earth, only more question need answering.
The question everyone wants an answer for is, could there be life on this newly discovered planet, or even beyond?
Well, the director of SETI, Seth Shostak, believes there could be.
When Shostak is asked if he really thinks there are aliens out there, his answer is: “Of course, I do. I mean, you know, I didn’t take this job because I like the color of the furniture,” he says in the video with FURTHER.
Do aliens exist? Seth Shostak on space exploration:
“It’s because we now know enough about the sky. We now know enough about how the universe came into being to say, you know, this is probably not all that special. You know, obviously they’re nine planets around the sun—well these days eight—but you might not find too many other stars with planets. Now, we know that’s wrong. Most stars have planets. That’s new. That’s new information. That’s something in the last couple of years,” he adds.
Shostak also said: “We might be able to learn more. We might even get a message. If we get a message, who knows what it might be. It might be really very informative. On the other hand, let’s assume that—in the conservative case, if you will—you don’t get a message. You can’t pick it up, or you can’t decode it. You’d never know what it means. All you know is there’s somebody up there who’s clever enough to build a radio transmitter.”
Watch the full interview with SETI Research’s Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak and let me know what you think.