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Telescopes poised to spot air-breathing aliens

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posted on May, 17 2009 @ 01:20 PM
will the next generation of telescopes be able to detect life on other planets ?

SIGNS of life on planets beyond our own solar system may soon be in our sights. Experiments and calculations presented at an astrobiology meeting last week reveal how the coming generation of space telescopes will for the first time be capable of detecting "biosignatures" in the light from planets orbiting other stars.

but... we'll have to wait another 11 years or so

NASA's proposed Terrestrial Planet Finder, which could launch in the 2020s, would be powerful enough to spot oxygen-rich planets in systems much farther from Earth, even when they are not passing in front of their parent stars, because it would be able to see light reflected from the planet's surface.

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telescopes poised to spot ari breathing aliens

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