Alien discovery: New hope in hunt for martians after year of major breakthroughs

SCIENTISTS believe aliens could be found in the “next few years” after a series of EARTH-SHATTERING discoveries.

GETTYWE’RE COMING: First contact with aliens may by just a few years away
The hunt for extraterrestrial life took a giant leap forward in 2015 – including the discovery of cosmic rivers on Mars, an number of new habitable “Super Earth” planets and eerie alien signals coming a distant star.For years, theories about UFOs and little green men have been confined to sci-fi and basement cranks in tin foil hats.But NASA and many other top space boffins believe aliens are probably living on Mars RIGHT NOW – and we will find them soon.
MarsNASANEIGHBOUR: A view of Mars during the northern summer
A sequence of groundbreaking revelations have sent shockwaves of excitement through the scientific community this year.The biggest was NASA’s discovery of water flowing down canyons and craters on the Red Planetin September.Scientists believe the Martian waterfalls and streams are capable of supporting life – and are now racing to track it down.This spring the European Space Agency will launch a new Mars probe – which will arrive at our twin planet in late 2016 – to search for alien FARTS.
Dark patches show water on Mars“This has been an incredibly thrilling year for astrobiology.”

Dr Lewis Dartnell

Dr Lewis Dartnell, of the UK Space Agency, said: “The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter will hopefully see where the whiffs of methane gas are seeping into the martian atmosphere – as this could be a sign of life deep underground.

“Then in 2018, the ESA will launch the ExoMars Rover, which will land on Mars to explore for signs of life.

“For the first time ever, this Mars rover will have a drill – 2m long – to get underground to where the soil has been protected.”

Dr Dartnell – who is busy designing laser eyes for the space bot – hopes Europe traces the aliens two years before NASA’s own alien hunter arrives on Mars in 2020.

The research fellow – of Leicester University – said: “Perhaps there is life on Mars still alive near the surface today – which we may detect in the next few years.”

ExoMars Rover
Astronomers have spotted a number of new “exoplanets” – planets orbiting stars other than our Sun – this year, which could provide a new homeland for humans – or aliens.Crucially, the Kepler Space Telescope has discovered one that may offer conditions suitable for life.The new world – called Kepler-452b – is thought to be a rocky “Super Earth” about 60% larger than our home world – and it orbits at the right distance from its Sun-like star.This month, two separate teams of astronomers claimed to have found a new “Super Earth” Planet X – in our own solar system.The new planet – or cold brown dwarf star – is thought to be six times as far from the Sun as Pluto – but some conspiracy theorists fear it is the fabled planet Nibiru – which is prophesied to crash into Earth by March 2016.
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Even more fantastically, the same Kepler telescope may have found a giant “alien megastructure”in deep space.Strange light patterns emitting from star KIC 8462852 cannot be explained by the movement of planets – leading Jason Wright – an astronomer at Penn State University – to a “swarm” of of spaceships may be casting a shadow.Dr Dartnell said: “Now, this is extremely unlikely to be the case – but it has certainly got people thinking about the subject, which has been great.