When is the government going to release information about extra terrestrials?
Asked by Joshua on Facebook.
According to NASA, no branch of the United States government is currently involved with or responsible for investigations into the possibility of intelligent alien life on other planets.NASA has been investigating the possibility that the planet Mars was once the home to very simple life, such as microbes. The SETI project, which searches for evidence of transmissions from intelligent life in outer space, was a part of NASA until 1993 but is now private.
NASA’s Kepler mission is looking for planets that are similar to Earth, which would mean that they could possibly support life.
Learn about previous government efforts to search for extraterrestrial life and UFOs.
Image description: This animated gif shows a global composite image showing the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet.
Learn about the technology used to capture these nighttime images of Earth from space on NASA’s website.
From the U.S. Department of Interior:
Pan-STARRS comet photographed at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon on March 12th.
It still may be possible to view this comet over the next several days in the northern hemisphere. Use binoculars if you have them.
Start looking 30 minutes after sunset in the direction of sunset. Look low about 10 degrees above the horizon near the top edge of twilight. With your binoculars, you should be able to see the comet head with the tail pointed upward.
Learn more about this comet from NASA.
Photo: Rick Jurgen
Image description: A full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope was displayed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Chris Gunn, NASA.
Image description: The Hubble telescope sees a ‘Space Invader.’
In this photo, the image of a spiral galaxy at upper left has been stretched and mirrored into a shape similar to that of a simulated alien from the classic 1970s computer game “Space Invaders!” A second, less distorted image of the same galaxy appears to the left of the large, bright elliptical galaxy.
Learn more about the galaxies in this image.
Photo from NASA/ESA