NExSS is an Unprecedented NASA Team Looking for Aliens
Ever since I was a child I have seen Hollywood filling my imagination with images of extraterrestrial being with oversized heads and massive black eyes (I saw E.T more than once). They also filled my childhood nightmares with menacing spaceships invading earth.
Nothing like that has happened so far, but NASA wishes to do something about it. Just like their primary focus is on finding other liveable planets these days, they are also using unprecedented resources to look for life beyond earth with a team called NExSS is going to reaearch on the thousands of exoplanets that NASA has found so far.
Four types of science communities that NASA is currently supporting through the Science Mission Directorate are coming together to add members to the team. Here’s a list of who the team members will be and what their roles will be:
- Earth scientists develop a systems science approach by studying our home planet.
- Planetary scientists apply systems science to a wide variety of worlds within our solar system.
- Heliophysicists add another layer to this systems science approach, looking in detail at how the Sun interacts with orbiting planets.
- Astrophysicists provide data on the exoplanets and host stars for the application of this systems science framework.
In words of NASA, the team is going to go “in the pursuit of one of humanity’s deepest questions: Are we alone?”
If you want more information on the NExSS, we suggest you check out the official post here.