But NASA’s not putting all of its eggs in one basket—the agency has teams looking for other habitable planets around the solar system as well. To update the public on this work, a group of NASA’s scientists hosted a Reddit AMA late yesterday afternoon.
Shawn D. Domagal Goldman, a research space scientist, revealed that his team had found potentially habitable planets outside of Mars, but they are too far away for any consistent observation:
While Mr. Goldman emphasized that it was not NASA’s goal to find life on other planets, he told two separate Redditors that if NASA found a biosphere that already supported life, the agency would get all the information it could:
Other commenters were more interested in what it was like working at NASA—and scientist Dominic Benford was more than willing to respond:
Some other questions veered into the silly—one user asked a sarcastic question about wifi, and got an equally sarcastic response from project scientist Stephen Rinehart:
And finally, most of the scientists joined in on a lively discussion of the best space movies:
Good to know that both scientists and Redditors appreciate the wonder of Wall-E.