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Momentum is building: Just last week, astronomers announced they had discovered three super-Earths — worlds more massive than ours but small enough to most likely be rocky — orbiting a single star. And dozens of other worlds suspected of having masses in that same range were found around other stars.
The prospect that life did once exist, still exists and could be sustained in the future on Mars has taken a huge step forward with the confirmation that water ice has been found on the planet.
Mars, Saturn to have near-meet, Two bright planets to approach each other during next few weeks
The Vatican's chief astronomer says there is no conflict between believing in God and in the possibility of "extraterrestrial brothers" perhaps more evolved than humans.
In my opinion this possibility (of life on other planets) exists, said Reverend Jose Gabriel Funes, a 45-year-old Jesuit priest who is head of the Vatican Observatory and a scientific adviser to Pope Benedict.