Actually aliens may not be coming here but scientists believe we will probably meet them within the next two decades. At a recent hearing at the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in Washington D.C., two prominent SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists, Dan Werthimer and Seth Shostak, stated that the possibility of coming into contact with aliens on other planets is nearly inevitable and that it could happen within twenty years.
The hearing was held specifically to “review the current state of the science related to the search for life in the universe.” Werthimer, who is the director of the University of California at Berkeley’s new SETI Research Center, reported that the Kepler mission has shown that just the Milky Way Galaxy itself includes a trillion planets.
He noted: “Billions of these planets are Earth sized and in the ‘habitable’ or so called ‘Goldilocks’ zone – not too distant from their host star, and not too close to their star. And there are billions of other galaxies outside our Milky Way galaxy – plenty of places where life could emerge and evolve,” he told the lawmakers.
Mars is not the only planet being eyeballed for potential aliens and life forms. Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, said: “At least a half-dozen other worlds that might have life are in our solar system. The chances of finding it, I think, are good, and if that happens, it’ll happen in the next 20 years, depending on the financing.”
Werthimer, Shostak and the SETI set have begun a project named “Eavesdropping SETI,” where they track spacecraft and monitor intercepted signals between any “two planets in a distant system whenever they are aligned with Earth.”
Werthimer concluded: “It would be bizarre if we were alone. The universe is likely to be teeming with primitive life. The chances of finding it I think are good, and if that happens it will happen in the next 20 years depending on the financing.”
The Aliens Are Coming! (. . . And Within 20 Years)