NASA expands search for alien life

Apr 29, 2015 5:59 PM by KING 5

The University of Washington is joining with NASA and 11 other universities and research institutions to create a team to find life on other planets.

Twenty years ago, astronomers discovered the first possible planet outside of our own solar system by detecting the slight and repeated dimming of a star's light as that planet passed in front of the star as it orbited. Now, thousands of planets have been detected, and some are estimated to be about the size of earth and live in the so-called habitable zone that could support water and life without being too close or too far away from the host star.

"I think it's highly unlikely that we are the only life forms in this galaxy," said Victoria Meadows, a professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington and principal investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory, which is part of NASA's Astrobiology Institute.

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