Has odd taste in clothing, the ability to travel around the entire world in a single night, delivering presents to nearly every child on the planet, has a bag that holds all of those gifts that still appears much smaller than its perceived volume would allow, and has lived for generations. Yep. Santa Clause is a Time Lord
In recent years, planetary science and astrobiology have become major areas of exciting and groundbreaking research. Now, the search for Earth-like planets is shedding light on the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and on December 4th, scientists urged Congress to invest in this next chapter of exploration.
According to Sara Seager, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “This is the first time in human history we have the technological reach to find life on other planets…People will look back on us as the [generation] who found Earth-like worlds.”
NASA’s Kepler mission identified upwards of 3,500 potential exoplanets, the Curiosity rover has already provided groundbreaking information about the Red Planet, and the study of microbial life in extreme conditions here on Earth has shown that life may exist in the most unlikely of places. These are all pieces of a puzzle that NASA is helping to solve, and in 2017, NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) will continue the search and study of exoplanets. With the appropriate funding, NASA would have the ability to do even more.
NASA’s head of astrobiology, Mary Voytek, told members of Congress that after 50 years, humanity can finally provide data for whether life exists elsewhere in the universe. With a Penny4NASA, the search for Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial life can continue like never before.
Join the thousands of others who have urged Congress to raise the NASA budget: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/