Why do scientists think there might be life on earth like planets when aliens might survive hot temperatures with no water?

Good point. Great question. We just look for the most “likely” places life might develop. Interestingly, though, there are lifeforms like the ones you describe here on Planet Earth!

You can find these lifeforms in Chile, specifically the Atacama desert. This place is burning hot and has had no significant rainfall in at least 250 years.

According to express.co.uk “While in the central valleys [of the Atacama desert], researchers found 70 species of microorganisms and further inland, the team made another shocking discovery.” What they found, 1 meter deep, was actual living bacteria.

Life does exist in extreme conditions sometimes on Earth. Why not elsewhere, like Mars for instance?

So far, however, we haven’t found any life or former evidence of life, anywhere except here on Earth.

It leads us to believe that if life is out there somewhere, the most likely place to find it would be in conditions that are similar to various climates and places on Earth.

Do you believe that there is life beyond our Earth? Do you think we will encounter it in this lifetime?

You have two questions. Do I believe there is life beyond Earth.


Do I think we will encounter it within “this” lifetime.

Who are you talking about, me or you? I’m 64 years old.

Not within my lifetime, anyway. Maybe within yours, but I doubt it. It is more likely a few hundred years from now if any life exists at all in our solar system besides here on Earth.

Any extraterrestrial life that we do encounter within our lifetimes will either be single cell bacteria or simple multi-celled micro-organisms. We would discover those life forms on the moons of Jupiter or Saturn like Titan or Europa. To get there we will have to send a probe and remotely borrow a mile or two through solid ice. Then they would have to release a robotic submarine snoop around. That submarine would then have to have a way to transmit findings of life, if any, back to an orbiting receiver, which would relay that back to Earth. Just getting all that hardware way out there for that endeavor would take more funding then anyone will want to consider, if it even if such hardware existed.

We are not likely to have that technology within our lifetimes. Two, three hundred years, maybe.

Inhuman Researchers

I just read this on CNN’s website: “Given its complex chemistry, it’s safe to say that Titan isn’t hospitable to humans. But it is attractive to researchers. ”

Apparently researchers aren’t human.

Titan is a moon of Saturn and the only moon in our solar system with a thick atmosphere, denser than Earth’s atmosphere. It is larger than the planet Mercury.


Okay. I admit it.

I confess.

This is a weird blog. It’s my blog and I post whatever I want on it and I get, for some reason, a whole lot of traffic.

I post about weird stuff. Space. Occasionally politics. Life and death stuff. Philosophy. Linux. Weird stuff. At all times of the day.

Now I want to tell you about Cassini–Huygens. It’s an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn. It is a Flagship-class NASA–ESA–ASI robotic spacecraft. Cassini is the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit, and its mission is ongoing as of April 2017.

That last paragraph was mostly plagiarized which I can do. Sue me.