Didier Queloz is “convinced” we are not alone in the universe
A Nobel Prize-winning scientist has predicted that alien life will be discovered within the next 30 years, claiming he is “convinced” we are not alone in the universe.
“There are just way to many planets, way too many stars, and the chemistry is universal.
“The chemistry that led to life has to happen elsewhere.”
However, he believes it is “realistic” that a new machine capable of detecting bio-chemical activity on exoplanets could be built within 30 years, The Telegraph reports.
Queloz shares the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics with colleague Michel Mayor, with whom he discovered an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star, and James Peebles, whose insights have formed the foundation of modern cosmology.
Mayor and Queloz discovered the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b – a gaseous ball comparable with Jupiter – orbiting a solar-type star in the Milky Way in 1995.
The discovery sparked a revolution in astronomy and a new field that is now considered the best hope for detecting alien life.
Queloz now has more than 100 celestial objects named after him.
Searching for life on exoplanets is formally part of the research agendas of both NASA and the European Space Agency.