Calling all aliens: NASA wants you.A new NASA research team will be devoted to finding life beyond Earth launched this week in Silicon Valley and will seek to find concrete answers on how life began on Earth and where it could exist elsewhere.

The “Center for Life Detection Science” will be part of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and will bring together a “new consortium of researchers” from in and out of NASA with expertise in physical science, biology, astrophysics and beyond, the release states.

“The search for life beyond Earth cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach… to give ourselves the best shot at success, we need to develop tools and strategies that are tailored to detecting life in the unique conditions of other worlds, which are very different not only from Earth but also from each other,” said Tori Hoehler, the principal investigator of CLDS and a researcher at Ames.

“We now have the scientific and engineering expertise to address this profound question [are we alone?] with the clarity of scientific evidence — and we have a great community of scientists ready for that grand challenge.”

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