NASA is exploring our solar system and beyond to understand the workings of the universe, searching for water and life among the stars. Image Credit: NASA

This week, NASA had a panel discussion about finding life on other worlds and NASA’s research director Ellen Stofan said that we are probably going to find life on other worlds within the next ten years.

“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.”

The presence of water most certainly increase the chances of finding life, at least life as we know it. But the Earth is certainly not the only celestial body with oceans in our solar system. These graphics below you shows the most likely candidates to where we might find extraterrestrial life in the near future.

Earth is certainly not the only ocean world in our solar system. As it probably exists in diverse forms on moons and dwarf planets. This is an illustration that depicts the best-known candidates in our search for life in the solar system. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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