"We're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade."

-- NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan

#Space

Thu, Apr 9th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With the Milky Way teeming with planets capable of supporting life, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan believes that the discovery of alien life is only a matter of time.

Farther afield, observations by NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest that nearly every star in the sky hosts planets — and many of these worlds may be habitable. Indeed, Kepler's work has shown that rocky worlds like Earth and Mars are probably more common throughout the galaxy than gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter.

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