NASA researcher shoots for the stars

By Michelle Costanza

NASA researcher shoots for the stars

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 11:57 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Are we alone? A question that many ask as they look at the night sky, could soon be answered.

Dr. John Delano has been studying astrobiology for more than 10 years.

As a distinguished professor at SUNY Albany, one of his more notable projects has been his research funded by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

"The question that thinkers have been asking for all recorded history, it's only been based on hunches," said Delano.

But in his presentation to Union-Endicott's high schoolers Thursday night, he said that could soon be changing.

Delano explained that NASA now has the capabilities to measure the atmospheric composition of other stars, in part by splitting the spectra of light into different wavelengths.

"This is accomplished by very powerful telescopes and computers," said Delano.

The scientist pointed out in the past 20 years, remarkable progress has been made in the study of outer space. Some of the research supports evidence that near 10 billion stars in our galaxy could be habitable.

"We will be able to point to stars soon, where not only we know there are potentially habitable worlds, but where those are actually inhabited," said Delano.

Through future study and experimentation, Delano believes that we could have an answer to some of the universe's deepest secrets within 10 years.

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