The line "E.T. phone home" from the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial may become a commonly pronounced sentence within the next decade. All because NASA scientists are of the firm belief that they will find alien life in the next 10 years.
Several plans for space and planet exploration are in motion, and one of the main searches will indeed be centered around extraterrestrial life.
NASA scientists, engineers, astronauts, and personnel have their work cut out for them over the next decade:
The aerospace company has plans to launch a rover to Mars next year in order to collect rock samples on the Red Planet. Two of its spacecraft will be visiting the faraway ocean worlds on Jupiter and Saturn's moons. Moreover, new space telescopes are going to be used to observe planets outside of our solar system.
Big plans that may prove extraterrestrial life exists out there.
These are not new plans, as NASA has been forging its alien life search forward for years, but recently its scientists believe they are on the brink of finally discovering it.
For instance, in 2017 former NASA administrator, Thomas Zurbuchen told Congress "With all of this activity related to the search for life, in so many different areas, we are on the verge of one of the most profound discoveries ever."
Furthermore, NASA's former chief scientist, Ellen Stofan said in 2015 that she believed they would "get strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years."
Stofan added, "We know where to look, we know how to look, and in most cases, we have the technology."
It seems it's just a matter of time.
Astrophysicist and Nobel Prize winner, Didier Queloz, summed it all up perfectly when he said "I can't believe we are the only living entity in the universe. There are just way too many planets, way too many stars, and the chemistry is universal. The chemistry that led to life has to happen elsewhere."
Mars is the first stop next year, as the rover will be launched with the hope of it landing on the Red Planet in 2021. The realistic view of finding life on Mars is more linked to past signs of life on the planet, as its current state is inhabitable. The rover's job is to look for fossils of past life.
From then on NASA's plans keep accelerating in its quest for signs of alien life. Only time will tell what will be found.