The Discovery of Life Beyond Earth May Be Closer Than We Think

May 24, 2017

The question cinema has tried to answer time and time again, with the most recent attempt by the movie Arrival, may finally have an answer as astronomer Jean Creighton provides promising new hope for whether life can exist beyond earth. “There could be life right now in the solar system unbeknownst to us,” says Creighton.

Right now, scientists are looking for what kind of chemistry might be “juuust right,” to maintain life on one of Saturn’s moons Enceladus. “To imagine that there may be some life forms in Enceladus, I mean, I don’t want to overstate this but that’s still a possibility,” says Creighton, “we’ve found water vapor in the geysers of Enceladus.”

If that’s proven, it will be the first time we know about life outside of our planet. Listen as Lake Effect’s own Bonnie North sits down with Jean Creighton: