NASA Announces New Coalition to Search for Extraterrestrial Life

posted: 04/24/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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NASA earlier this week announced the formation of an interdisciplinary task force dedicated to investigating the possibility of life beyond our solar system.

Known as the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or "NExSS", the group will investigate the habitability of the more than 1,000 exoplanets that have been identified. Experts in the fields of earth science, planetary science, astrophysics and heliophysics (the physics of the Sun) will comprise the team.

"This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life," remarked Jim Green, NASA's Director of Planetary Science. "The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it's of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well."

NASA's own Natalie Batalha, Dawn Gelino and Anthony del Genio will helm the coalition. They will be joined by researchers from 12 different universities and institutions.

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