"I definitely think we’ll find life on another planet," Thaller said. "I think that in our own Solar System, we’re quite close to it but once again we don’t have that 100 percent thing. On Mars, we see chemistry that on Earth if it were here, we would say is due to life.
"But the question is, how well do we understand Mars and are we being fooled by something?"
Thaller made the comments while attending the Beyond the Light event, an exhibition at Artechouse in New York that aims to immerse the public in a deep space exploration experience.That exhibit includes photos from the James Webb Space Telescope, a high-tech device that scientists believe could help humans find habitable planets in far-out galaxies.
However, Thaller believes there could be alien life much closer to home.
"We see possible signs of life in the atmosphere of Venus. Possibly underneath the ice in the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn. The Solar System may be teaming with simple life, microbial life," she said. "We just have to get that 100 percent certainty to say that we found it, and we don’t have that yet."
Thaller was particularly excited about the possibility of life on Venus because its hostile, dry atmosphere would not support human living. However, several studies have suggested there could be microbial life in its clouds.
"I never expected Venus. Venus is now one where we see something in the atmosphere that looks very much like it could be produced by bacteria."
Thaller appears to believe that finding life in outer space is something that could happen soon than most people think.
"I think it’s only a matter of time until we have proof that it’s in the Solar System," she said. "But that’s the thing, we’re waiting until there’s nothing else it could possibly be because can you imagine the kind of trouble we’d get in.
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"We don’t have absolute proof yet. Do I think there’s life out there? Absolutely."
Congress appears more interested in declassifying government documents than in previous times. Three U.S. representatives are seeking a select committee that could lead to the release of more classified documents relating to UFOs, also known as UAPs.
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