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US astronomer and planet-hunter Lisa Kaltenegger, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, believes there is every chance a real-life version of Pandora exists and will soon be found.
She has conducted research showing that a planned new space telescope will be able to identify nearby "exomoons" and discover if they are habitable.
"Alpha Centauri A is a bright, nearby star very similar to our Sun, so it gives us a strong signal," said Dr Kaltenegger. "You would only need a handful of transits to find water, oxygen, carbon dioxide and methane on an Earth-like moon such as Pandora. "If the Avatar movie is right in its vision, we could characterise that moon with JWST in the near future."
The American space agency Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is due to be launched in 2014.
I don't think so. A moon would not support life like a planet would. Science will soon realize this and will abandon all stupid desires of populating a moon.