From Jason Stevenson – Port Phillip Insider (Australia) –
In my view, the probability of other planets hosting life is a near certainty. Our Milky Way galaxy is one among billions of galaxies in our universe!
Earlier this month, the journal Astrophysics and Space Science published one of 2016’s most bizarre, yet compelling, research papers. It argues that the probability of other planets hosting life is so small that it’s incumbent on humans to be the caretakers of the universe.
I don’t see it that way. I mean, the oldest stars in the Milky Way are 13.4 billion years — give or take 800 million years! This is somewhat close to the age of the universe (which is around 13.7 billion years). Surely life has developed somewhere, anywhere, during that time.
Maybe we’ll find out one day for sure. After all, we’re entering the next stage in the age of ‘space exploration’. Unfortunately, I’m just not sure that I’ll be around long enough to find out whether I’m right.