NASA chief ‘excited’ about prospect of finding alien life across solar system

A NASA chief says he's "excited" about the prospect of finding alien life in the universe and "can't wait for the new discovery."

Jim Bridenstine expressed his enthusiasm towards searching for life on other planets and confirmed it as one of NASA's main priorities.

This comes as recent discoveries have pointed to Mars being "habitable" as well as suggesting the possibility of life in Venus after discovering a chemical key for supporting life.

Mr Bridenstine said the possibility of finding life across the solar system is in fact "going up," according to his blog on the NASA website.

In the last few years, many discoveries have been made – including the discovery of pure water ice on Mars, as well as complex organic compounds and methane cycles.

These findings suggest the planet was potentially habitable, says Mr Bridenstine.

With current missions already in place for other parts of the solar system, such as "Dragonfly to Saturn’s moon Titan and the Europa Clipper to study Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa" – more findings are on the horizon.

The NASA chief said: "We at NASA are incredibly fortunate to have so many opportunities to pursue and such talented scientists, engineers, and partners capable of pursuing them. Every day gets more exciting for all of us and I can’t wait for the next discovery!"

This comes as scientists believe they have made a major breakthrough in the search for life on alien planets.

A team, including experts from the UK and the United States, claim the atmosphere of the planet Venus contains a chemical key for supporting life.

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A press release, which came out on Monday at the Royal Astronomical Society in London, reports that phosphine has been discovered in the planet's atmosphere.

Phosphine, a colourless, flammable gas, is highly toxic.

But perhaps surprisingly, its presence has indicated to scientists Venus may be able to support life as we know it in space.

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