Year 2016 ended without discovery of alien life and while scientists continue to search for extraterrestrial life with no guarantee that we will find it, an expert in the UK believes that we will find alien life in 2017 or the discovery is just around the corner.
Simon Foster, a physicist from Imperial College London, believes that while multiple projects are searching for alien life, there is a strong possibility that the front runners in the race including SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) or Mars missions aren’t going to be the one who will announce the breakthrough. Further, contrary to what UFO and alien enthusiasts may believe, the disclosure of alien life will not come through governments either.
Foster believes that proof of alien life will be found through missions sent out to Jupiter or Saturn – more specifically from one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn. Reports in the local media in the UK reveal say that Foster is of the opinion that, even though there could be signals of life from faraway stars or biosignatures detected on exoplanets, the most likely candidates to reveal signs of alien life are the moons Enceladus (Saturn) and Europa (Jupiter).
Foster adds that as Cassini nears its mission, the proof of alien life is just around the corner and their discovery is imminent.
There have been multiple claims about possible discovery of alien life and one of the most recent such claim was the discovery of a series of fast radio bursts (FRBs). Foster says that all these are false alarms and the FRBs led us to discovery of a collapsed neutron star called a pulsar. Six new FRBs were discovered recently, but their source is not known yet and many have suggested that aliens could be the reason behind these signals. However, the scientific community is split.
Foster believes that NASA’s Cassini will be the one that will bring to us the news about alien life on Enceladus before it is found by craft near Jupiter’s Europa and adds that this alien life would most probably be microbial in nature.
“What’s interesting is that one of [Saturn’s] moons, Enceladus,” he says, “is an icy moon and that leaves the tantalizing prospect of looking for life. The concentration has been on Mars, and I think moons like Enceladus and Europa, there is a good prospect of finding life – microbial that is.”