Alien life exists and could be found within 20 years, with enough funding, astronomers tell Congress

May 22, 2014 5:43 PM

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Alien life exists and could be found within 20 years, with enough funding, astronomers tell Congress

Two of the world’s preeminent extraterrestrial astronomers (as in, they research extraterrestrials, not that they’re aliens themselves) have told US Congress that there is alien life out there in the universe — and with adequate funding, we could find that alien life within 20 years. This statement was presented to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which is currently assessing our efforts in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), and whether it should receive more public funding.

Now, you could say that the two astronomers — which both have “SETI” in their job titles — have a slightly vested interest in convincing Congress that there’s life out there. But to be fair, all they really did was tell Congress about the sheer scale of the universe, and that “i t would be bizarre i...

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