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Astrobiologists testify before Congress that alien life will be encountered by 2034

SETI's Alien Telescope Array (ATA) listens day and night for a signal from space (SETI)  Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/95409/aliens-dont-want-to-eat-us-says-former-seti-director/#ixzz32ouVKYsE

SETI’s Alien Telescope Array (ATA) listens day and night for a signal from space (SETI)

This past week, a few scientists took the bench and gave the U.S. Congress a relative date by which they expect we’ll have discovered signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. According to their estimates, by 2034 we should make first contact or 30 years ahead of Star Trek’s first contact. Whether this was just a stunt, a ploy meant to convince Congress to up SETI’s budget, or a genuine estimate is difficult to tell.

Aliens: we’ll find them soon enough

The claim was made during a hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Astronomers shuffled in front of the US officials and assured them that aliens would be found in the near future.

“At least a half-dozen other worlds besides Earth that might have life are in our solar system. The chances of finding it, I think, are good, and if that happens, it’ll happen in the next 20 years, depending on the financing,” said Seth Shostak, a renowned astrobiologist.

Depending on the financing, indeed. Shostak is a Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, an agency tasked with finding out about the existence of intelligent life anywhere in the universe by discovering radio signals which have artificial origin from outer space. The project was first launched in 1984 with great enthusiasm, following popular interest for extraterrestrial entities after movies like E.T. and Alien swept the globe. Today, SETI has a budget of only $1 million and was nearly shut down and would have been were it not for the support of thousands who donated to keep SETI alive.

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With this in mind, I have to admit I was astonished to read Shostak’s statement, but how far off is he really? What Shostak and his colleagues at SETI are actually trying to point out is that given our current rate of technological advancement, it will only be a matter of time until we manage to pick up extraterrestrial signals. The next generation of supercomputers and telescopes will definitely aid in attaining this objective, and recent discoveries by the now famous Kepler telescope have been more than encouraging. Thanks to Kepler we now have a much better and broader understanding of the Universe. We know for instance that there are innumerable Earth-like planets that orbit stars in a habitable zone.

“Recent analyses of Kepler data suggest that as many as one star in five will have a habitable, Earth-size planet in orbit around it,” Shostak told the lawmakers. “This number could be too large by perhaps a factor of two or three, but even so it implies that the Milky Way is home to 10 to 80 billion cousins of Earth.”

SETI certainly is currently equipped for the job, with its deployment of Arecibo’s 305-meter telescope, the largest in the world, and throughout the entire year Arecibo’s 305-meter telescope scans the cosmos for signals from alien civilization. With only 1$ million funding a year, however, one can only wonder how the staff manages to survive, let alone have time and energy to search for aliens. Shostak hopes that by investing in SETI now, we will be able to take advantage of our dramatically increased computing power to tune into a very distant talk show or whatever it is that aliens might have broadcast at one point.

“It’s unproven whether there is any life beyond Earth…I think that situation is going to change within everyone’s lifetime in this room,” Shostak said.

15 thoughts on “Astrobiologists testify before Congress that alien life will be encountered by 2034

  1. Paul Long

    Jesus said He was from another world. He used the word “Kosmos” which means another planetary system. Just check the bibleufo dot com website

  2. We Broke It

    Another ascertion based on vapor. It will be far easier with the advanced computer technology to fabricate the “aliens” than to actually find any for real.

  3. Dan Shriver

    And everything you read on the web is real right Paul? So bibleufo is correct. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  4. Edward Phillips

    This is the perfect example of blind faith in science today .People just listen to some scientist claims and blindly accept them as fact .,Takes more Faith to have the belief that no life without any abilities and without knowledge produces all life that absolute absurdity .The evolutionist say it not about how life began, but then they reject any answer for how it began if God is the answer given…Evolution is fool effort to close their eye’s to God the cause of life… By the way look around the Atheist are all day long trying to fight against even a cross in a grave yard .For their no belief in God they sure get upset at what they say is nothing .By the way those that then claim Aliens created life .Those aliens still need a creator.They mock what God did in the bible but love the accidental without purpose ,without information,without knowledge life producing itself all by some act of magical mistakes and plunders in time . A real love story http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0085/0085_01.asp for you to read :)

  5. Edward Phillips

    Absolutely laughable statement .Dear one Jesus is God who came in the flesh ..This is the perfect example of blind faith in science today .People just
    listen to some scientist claims and blindly accept them as fact .,Takes
    more Faith to have the belief that no life without any abilities and
    without knowledge produces all life that absolute absurdity .The
    evolutionist say it not about how life began, but then they reject any
    answer for how it began if God is the answer given…Evolution is fool
    effort to close their eye’s to God the cause of life… By the way
    look around the Atheist are all day long trying to fight against even a
    cross in a grave yard .For their no belief in God they sure get upset at
    what they say is nothing .By the way those that then claim Aliens
    created life .Those aliens still need a creator.They mock what God did
    in the bible but love the accidental without purpose ,without
    information,without knowledge life producing itself all by some act of
    magical mistakes and plunders in time . A real love story
    http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0085/0085_01.asp for you to read
    :)

  6. Edward Phillips

    Yes Agreed This is the perfect example of blind faith in science today .People just
    listen to some scientist claims and blindly accept them as fact .,Takes
    more Faith to have the belief that no life without any abilities and
    without knowledge produces all life that absolute absurdity .The
    evolutionist say it not about how life began, but then they reject any
    answer for how it began if God is the answer given…Evolution is fool
    effort to close their eye’s to God the cause of life… By the way
    look around the Atheist are all day long trying to fight against even a
    cross in a grave yard .For their no belief in God they sure get upset at
    what they say is nothing .By the way those that then claim Aliens
    created life .Those aliens still need a creator.They mock what God did
    in the bible but love the accidental without purpose ,without
    information,without knowledge life producing itself all by some act of
    magical mistakes and plunders in time . A real love story
    http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0085/0085_01.asp for you to read
    :)

  7. B3LIEVE_ON_REPTILE

    From the moment you began typing I knew you were a christian with something to prove. Your page long wall of text could have been shortened to say: “God is real and these scientists are trying to disprove by calling E.T.”

    Why did you deviate from the subject of scientists contacting E.T. and then jump immediately to god? lol

  8. B3LIEVE_ON_REPTILE

    Why is every story about alien life filled with god in the comment section?

    If you objectively look at the bible (old & new testament) while reading other texts written around/before the same time period, you will see the huge trend of moral teaching stories.

    One word that should (if you have logic and reason in your brain), discredit the bible entirely. Gilgamesh. If you skipped school that day a simple Google search will show that the bible copies the story in almost every aspect.

  9. Marius P

    1. The kind of life it is LIKELY to be discovered nearby in the next few decades if funding is granted is NOT intelligent life, but rather bacteria or similar.
    2. There’s no guarantee we’ll find life at all (let alone intelligent life) in any of our lifetimes, it’s all about probabilities at this stage.
    3. Saying “aliens created life here” is a cop-out and does not solve the problem of how those aliens would have come to be in the first place.
    4. “God did it” is never an answer either, it’s also just a cop-out which basically amounts to “I don’t know and I don’t want to know”.

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