The hunt for intelligent aliens continues, and it welcomes a new member: NASA’s newest planet-hunter probe.
Searching for extraterrestrial intelligence
It’s been just reported that the space agency’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Sattelite (TESS) mission will be collaborating with the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project in order to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), according to the team’s announcement that took place on Wednesday, reports Fox News.
“It’s exciting that the world’s most powerful SETI search, with our partner facilities across the globe, will be collaborating with the TESS team and our most capable planet-hunting machine,” Pete Worden, executive director of Breakthrough Initiatives, a program including the Breakthrough Listen project, stated.
Just to refresh your memory, TESS launched back in April 2018, and the mission that it had was to find alien planets that could be circling nearby stars.
Breakthrough Listen is a program that has its main focus on searching evidence of technological life.
The program aims to survey a million stars and more
This program is currently hoping to survey a million stars that are nearby, the whole galactic plane, and more than that, 100 nearby galaxies.
Fox News also cites the info from Space.com, and reveals that TESS has spotted more than 1,000 “objects of interest,” 29 of which are confirmed alien planets.
“We are very enthusiastic about joining the Breakthrough Listen SETI search,” TESS Deputy Science Director Sara Seager, a planetary scientist stated.
She continued and pointed out that “Out of all the exoplanet endeavors, only SETI holds the promise for identifying signs of intelligent life.”
TESS members said that they would probably find about 10,000 or even more new exoplanets throughout this mission, which is supposed to last for about two years.
NASA was recently in the spotlight not too long ago when it released new info on the ozone hole.
The space agency revealed that the Antarctic ozone hole reached its smallest annual peak on record since 1982 when the measurings began.