Al simposio svoltosi presso la Biblioteca del Congresso hanno partecipato molte importanti personalità del mondo scientifico, tra i relatori il Frate Gesuita Guy Consolmagno, astronomo della specola Vaticana, che all'Huffington Post ha dichiarato di ritenere la vita aliena esistente , pur non avendone le prove, aggiungendo che "qualsiasi entità - non importa quanti tentacoli ha - ha un'anima" .
planetarie e raccoglierà i dati dalle atmosfere di questi pianeti, alla ricerca di indizi che potrebbero essere indicatori della vita.
---English Version---On 18 and 19 September 2014, at the Library of Congress of the United States in Washington, there was a NASA symposium entitled "Preparing for Discovery." In this conference, NASA, brought together scientists, historians, philosophers and theologians from around the world. Their agenda: Study as we prepare for the inevitable discovery of extraterrestrial life, microbial organisms that are simple or intelligent beings. According to the organizer of the symposium, NASA astronomer Steven J. Dick, you're looking in all the scenarios where you might find life. "If we find microbes, is one thing. If we find intelligence, is another. And if these intelligences are able to communicate, it's something else," said the astronomer. Dick continues: "The idea is not to wait until we make a discovery, but try to prepare the public for what might be the implications as a result of the discovery."
At the symposium held at the Library of Congress was attended by many important personalities from the world of science, among the speakers at the Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer at the Vatican observatory, which the Huffington Post said they believe alien life exists, but does not have the evidence , adding that "any entity - no matter how many tentacles has - has a soul." "The number of habitable worlds in our galaxy is certainly in the tens of billions and we have not even talked about the moons. And the number of galaxies that we can see, different from our own, is about $ 100 billion," Seth Shostak, an astronomer senior at the SETI Institute in California said all'HuffPost. At the symposium, NASA, Shostak gave some startling numbers on how many stars there are in the universe we can see. "It 'a great number: 10.000 trillion and we know that most of these stars have planets - 70 or 80 percent. According to Shostak," one in five of all the stars may have an analogue of the Earth. That's a lot of habitable worlds, and, indeed, the number of Earths in our galaxy could be on the order of 50 billion. "At the symposium discussed the upcoming NASA missions such as the James Webb Space Telescope. Grande as a tennis court, this deep-space observatory will be launched in 2018 and will be in orbit beyond our moon. Webb telescope will focus on new discoveries Planetary and collect the data from the atmospheres of these planets, searching for clues that might be indicators of life.