The exploration of the Moon, where powerful observatories will appear on a natural satellite of our planet, will help in the search for extraterrestrial civilizations. This statement was made by James Brydenstein, head of the National Aerospace Agency (NASA) of the United States.
Speaking at a hearing in the U.S. Congress, Brydenstein noted that on the moon it is possible to build observatories that will study the exoplanets that exist in orbit of distant stars. “We will be able to study distant planets in a way that we cannot with Earth or orbiting telescopes. The construction of observatories on the Moon will allow us to find out whether life exists on exoplanets,” NASA’s head said.
Brydenstein, however, stressed that his words should not be interpreted as a statement about the existence of extraterrestrial life (including reasonable). “I do not make assumptions about the existence of extraterrestrial life, I just say that telescopes on the Moon will allow us to study exoplanets at a new level of quality. We will have incredible scientific instruments at our disposal,” said the head of the agency.
Earlier NASA officially presented the updated lunar program “Artemis”. The first stage of the program (Artemis 1) is scheduled for 2021 – it will launch a capsule to the orbit of the moon without a crew, which will rotate around our satellite for 25 days, and then return to Earth.