The scientists pointed to the various discoveries that have been made in the past few years, indicating that we are not alone in the universe. They discussed the recent discovery of water on Mars, as well as the many planets that were discovered which have conditions that would be suitable for living organisms.
NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan was even bold enough to predict when we will finally see proof of life in the universe.
“I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years. We know where to look. We know how to look. In most cases we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it. And so I think we’re definitely on the road,” Stofan said.
Jeffery Newmark, NASA’s interim director of heliophysics chimed in, saying that, “It’s definitely not an if, it’s a when.”
This is not the first time that a NASA panel has put forward these types of predictions. In fact, just last year on another NASA panel, a different team of NASA scientists made the same prediction.
Watch both panel discussions in full below:
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