Will we even recognize alien life when we see it? NASA isn’t so sure

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Decades of science fiction movies, tv shows, and video games have led us to believe that when we spot another planet that has life we're going to know it right away. It'll look a lot like Earth, the movies tell us, and even if the colors are slightly different, there will be no mistaking it from a distance. Unfortunately for NASA, the reality is a whole lot more complicated.

In a new article, along with a handful of research papers, NASA asks the very important question of what exactly a life-supporting planet will look like from afar. As it turns out, detecting alien life on another planet is probably going to be a complicated, inexact science, even with the latest telescope technology.

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