Is there alien life? Students and scientists alike ponder question

By T.J. Comstock
Staff Reporter

Are we alone?
This question has plagued humanity since the dawn of time. We have only been physically exploring space since the 1960s. Most of our deep space exploration has been unmanned craft and it will continue to be that way until we make new technological advances.
Even when we reach the end of our own galaxy, there are trillions more, reaching trillions of light years across, housing more planets than you can conceivably count. So, with that many planets out there surely we have found alien life by now, right? The answer is…we still don’t know.
“To declare that Earth must be the only planet in the cosmos with life would be inexcusably egocentric of us”, said Neil deGrasse Tyson in an article posted by NASA. Tyson is an American Astrophysicist and the Director of the Hayden Planetarium
“At the moment, life on Earth is the only known life in the universe, but there are compelling arguments to suggest we are not alone,” Tyson said.
“Indeed, most astrophysicists accept a high probability of there being life elsewhere in the universe, if not on other planets or on moons within our own solar system. The numbers are, well, astronomical” he said.
SWOSU students seemed to be split on the subject as well. Many said undoubtedly there was no life anywhere else in the universe or we would have found it by now.
“If aliens exist we would have found them by now,” said James Blood, a SWOSU criminal justice major.
Some on the other hand said they believed that there could be but you can’t say for sure until you find it.
“I think there being life somewhere else in our universe is definitely a possibility.” said John Cook, a SWOSU accounting major.
So in the end we are back to where we started, we will continue to ask the same questions we have for years, we will continue to wonder what is out there and that won’t change until we find something.

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