“The aim is to discover life on another world.”
We may not have to wait much longer to get our first indication of E.T., NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said.
During a ceremony announcing Opportunity’s death, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said an update on the agency’s Mars 2020 mission, which will search for signs of alien life on the Mars.
Mr Bridenstine espacially pointed to Mars as being the focus point for investigation, highlighting three significant finds.
The first was that Mars’ surface hosts complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life.
They also found that in some areas, the possible biogenic gas methane changes seasonally.
Finally, there seems to be a huge lake of liquid water under Mars’ south pole.
The first two discoveries were made by NASA’s Curiosity rover and the first by Europe’s Mars Express orbiter.
Mr Bridenstine underlined that these do not mean life 100 percent exist on Mars, but they do increase the probability.
He said: “All of these things collude to say there is a lot we need to learn, and friends, we’re going to do it quickly.”
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover will lift off in July 2020 and touch down in February 2021, if all goes to plan.
The rover will hunt for evidence of any life-forms and collect promising samples to return to earth.
NASA is reportedly also take into account dropping a lander on Saturn’s moon Titan.
This mission, named Dragonfly, would investigate the complex chemistry on the moon, which seems to have the potential to support life.