NASA Optimistic To Discover Aliens, Testing A New Submarine For Undiscovered Sea Life

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said there's no need to wait any longer for the discovery of alien life forms. The search for alien life is a high priority for the team. The recent discoveries in science give hope to scientists that the search for alien life form will soon be discovered. 

He highlighted three intriguing finds on Mars: first, the Red Planet's surface hosts complex organic molecules, the carbon-based building blocks of life; second, the potentially biogenic gas methane varies seasonally; and third, a huge lake of liquid water is found beneath Mars' south pole.

Although these finds may hint possible life forms on the planet, still none of them guarantee that life exists or if life ever existed in Mars. “All of these things collude to say there is a lot we need to learn, and friends, we're going to do it quickly,” Bridenstine said at the Feb. 13 event held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

NASA is also testing a new submarine that will be used to find undiscovered sea life. The team wants to look for aliens on Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter. NASA and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are developing a deep-diving drone called Orpheus. It was named after the mythic Greek hero who dove to the depths of hell.

In a recent report, Orpheus completed its first ocean test. The technology will be used to explore the depths of the oceans. The size of the drone is about the size of a large backyard barbecue grill. NASA and WHOI teamed up on a $1.2 million, privately funded effort. The goal is to research, design and build a new robot to explore the hadal zone. 

Meanwhile, on Feb. 13, the associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, announced the death of Mars rover Opportunity after a record-breaking 15 years on the Red Planet. Opportunity has been roaming the Martian surface for nearly a decade. It became a useful tool for finding conclusive evidence that the Red Planet hosted large bodies of liquid water in the ancient past.