• Question: Do you thiink that we could have already ecountered life in space that neither the naked eye nor our technology could detect?

    Asked by Amy to Andrea, Charlie 🚀, Col Op, Kirsty, Vinita on 16 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by Lily.
    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      There is a paradox called Russell’s Teapot- it’s a thought experiment that says if there was a very small teapot orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, I could claim it’s there, and you could claim it’s not, however neither of us could be proved right because we had no way of detecting a very small teapot in space.

      Answering your question is a bit like trying to find the teapot; we may have encountered life and not known it, but because we currently have no proof of extraterrestrial life, or the total absence of extraterrestrial life, we can’t say either way.

    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      I don’t have an answer.