Search for extraterrestrial life – level 2

25-01-2024 15:00

Francis Drake was the first scientist who looked for life outside our planet.

In 1960, Drake started the research to find some signals after he pointed telescopes at two stars. His research wasn’t successful, but he wondered how many other civilizations were in the universe. He concluded that 10,000 civilizations could have the kind of technology that people could detect.

In the 1970s, scientists detected a signal, but it never repeated after that time. Now, scientists focus on exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system. Some of them are in the right distance from a sun, just like our planet. One of them is Kepler-186f, and scientists hope to find water there.

Many people believe that aliens exist, and they visit our planet. People see UFOs sometimes, and they believe that they could be aliens.

Difficult words: conclude (to have a result or opinion after thinking about something), detect (to discover that something exists), UFO (a flying object which people can’t explain).

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How has the search for extraterrestrial life evolved since Francis Drake first began his research in 1960?


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