Certainly, this is a subject that humanity has been following for generations. I will admit to possibly salivating in heat to know the actual answer to this long-pressed question. Is there life out there?
Surely, this is something that every human being with any inkling of intellectual capacity wants to acknowledge. Is Planet Earth the only planet, of ALL OF THE PLANETS IN THE UNIVERSE, that hosts life? The mere notion of that seemingly is ridiculous! Yet, besides all of the rumors and hearsay, after all of the quandaries and queries, many of us really want to know whether or not there is anyone, anything else ALIVE out there in the vastness of the cosmos.
Browsing The Internet brought me to the e-article Will We Find Extraterrestrial Life In 2015. The author’s immediate response was “Probably not, but just possibly yes”. Now, just what in The Hell is that supposed to say?!?!
I recognize that life, as we understand it, requires certain, almost precise conditions, in order for it to form, to evolve, to thrive, et cetera. Yet, who is to say that other forms of life can not exist based upon some other bases of existence that we have yet to comprehend? As far as I know, we have NOT travelled all throughout the universe, let alone The Milky Way, so we are basing the manners of life-thriving on how we understand it from an Earth-bound perspective. That method of living might NOT always be the case in other places of the universe. Rebuttal?
Going into this e-article, the author delves into our recent, scientific studies of Mars. The rover Curiosity was able to pick up traces of methane in the Martian atmosphere. That small trace-emission of gas is the slightest of possibilities that life could have existed on The Red Planet at some point in it’s past! That seems to sound so blatantly dull and irrelevant, yet knowing whether or not any life was on Mars surely will mean that life certainly can exist at any other location throughout our Milky Way Galaxy. Our key would be just to locate the precise planetary systems, star systems, and to learn their distances in relation to Earth, so that we are able to study them!
Jupiter’s Europa and Saturn’s Enceladus are attracting recent attention. These are two of the larger moons of the two largest worlds of our solar system, and they seem to be massive worlds covered with ice. Some scientists are believing that enormous oceans exist beneath these ice shells. Even greater leaps of speculation (hope?) would lead some to suggest that aquatic life could exist within the oceans of these lunar worlds! Liquid water also is suspected to exist beneath Jupiter’s Ganymede, Saturn’s Titan, as well as worlds at the edge of the solar system such as Eris and Pluto!
This is just from the beginner’s basic exploration of our own solar system. There is an entire, massive star-filled galaxy, complete with millions of other worlds all around us! On top of that, there are likely millions of other galaxies out there! It would be beyond absurd to suggest that there is no life at some place, some nook, in some location of space that we simply have NOT seen, are NOT aware of, at this time!
Embrace our inferiority! It will be a while, at least, before we actually get to discover the truth about other worlds, and whether or not they host living beings. We can not even get back to our own friggin’ moon, let alone anywhere else in our solar system. Dare NOT mention any manner of voyage to any location to another star system. NO. Not now.