Europe leads space race to hunt down ET

Europe is back…

Work begins on flotilla of floating mirrors to detect life on far distant planets

It is a view that astronomers would die for: a shimmering, blue, alien world with oceans and continents and vegetation changing colour with seasons. A vision like this, across the galactic void, would be unambiguous proof of the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Planets outside our solar system are many hundred thousand billion miles distant, however, and the prospect of observing them has been considered utterly remote by most scientists.

But European researchers have now begun work on a research programme that could culminate in such an instrument, a flotilla of orbiting mirrors that could return clear pictures of exo-planets, worlds that circle other stars.

‘It is the one irrefutable way of deciding if another world has life on it,’ said Professor Antoine Labeyrie, of the Observatoire de Haute Provence, in France. ‘If you can see there is chlorophyll and vegetation that changes colour as plants die or flourish as the planet swings round its sun, then you have found a world with life on it. Whether this has evolved to a complex level is a different matter.’

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Sir Ulli

Interesting find Ulli.

For some reason I’ve got this image of a load of hairdressers orbiting round up there. :smiley:

Thank you for the story…
I always enjoy reading such

Where did that pic in your sig go Ms. graphics :’(