NASA needs „alien hunters” to look on images collected from telescopes


US space agency NASA is recruiting “” to find signs of life in images taken from planets in other solar systems in outer space. It launched a citizen science project called Planet Patrol to detect new planets from millions of images collected by its computer system. It is inviting volunteers to join the hunt for new exoplanets by examining images snapped by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which has been orbiting the Earth since 2018. Planet Patrol will become a “community pursuing the common goal of understanding the universe and our place in it,” NASA said. They are volunteer positions, so participants won’t be paid for their efforts.Once an exoplanet’s existence has been confirmed, scientists can then start to determine the planet’s basic properties and whether any type of life, including extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), could find it habitable.


NASA has already recruited more than 1,600 participants who have collectively delivered 100,000 individual classifications. The human eye is much more reliable than automated processing.The project launch was particularly welcome for people isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. ince the 1990s, scientists have discovered more than 4200 exoplanets, which are worlds that orbit stars other than the Earth’s sun.