• Question: do you think that there is other life on any planets

    Asked by 07rowleys to Alastair, Emma, Hywel, Keith, Vicki on 23 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Alastair Sloan

      Alastair Sloan answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      I would be surprised if no other planet has got the right environment and mix of gasses and temperature not to support life. What that life would be though is a different question altogether.

    • Photo: Vicki Stevenson

      Vicki Stevenson answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      Given the huge range of planets out there, I’m willing to acept there might be life – not necessarily like us though!

    • Photo: Keith Brain

      Keith Brain answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      The Universe is so big, it seems like there must be something else out there that is living. So, yes, but I also think that it is likely to be a very long way away – probably too far away for us to communicate with in the near future. The reason for thinking this is that, if life developed from some fairly simple chemical compounds, and the building blocks are common throughout the universe (as they are – we can detect them in/around distant stars), then it should be able to evolve again given similar planetary conditions.

      Why haven’t we been contacted? Probably because we’re too far away from our neighbors.

    • Photo: Emma Carter

      Emma Carter answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      I personally don’t think so – I think they would have contacted us by now and told us to stop all the fighting.

    • Photo: Hywel Vaughan

      Hywel Vaughan answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      I think that it is a bit depressing if there isn’t! I don’t think we will know for certain any time soon, but it is nice to hope. It is a very big universe out there Rowley – I think it would be pretty lonely if we were the only ones in it 🙂