There are more stars in our little galaxy than grains of sand in all the beaches of our Earth. Each star could potentially have planets that orbit around it. But are those planets suitable for life? The task of finding other life in the universe is immense and, according to Dawn Gelino, can only be carried out by teams of scientists coming from various disciplines. And once we’ll find signs of life, what kind of life will it be?
Dawn Gelino is an astrophysicist at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute who specializes in the search for and study of exoplanets. She also co-leads the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) initiative, a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of exoplanets as potential habitable and inhabited worlds outside of our solar system.