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December 5, 2013

Center of spiral galaxy M81 is a supermassive black hole about 70 million times more massive than our sun. / Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Wisconsin/D.Pooley & CfA/A.Zezas; Optical: NASA/ESA/CfA/A.Zezas; UV: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CfA/J.Huchra et al.; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CfA
Likelihood of life on other planets “very high,” MIT professor tells House committee / Image Credit: NASA

The likelihood of life on other planets is “very high,” a planetary scientist told a House committee in a hearing some Democrats chided as evading U.S. issues.

“The chance that there’s a planet like Earth out there with life on it is very high,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology planetary science and physics Professor Sara Seager told the House Science Committee.

“The question is: Is there life near here, in our neighborhood of stars? We think the chances are good,” she said, answering a question from Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who asked: “Do you think there’s life out there, and are they studying us? And what do they think about New York City?”

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