Silver, bug-eyed extraterrestrials zooming across the cosmos in bullet-speed spaceships. Green, oval-faced creatures hiding out in a secret fortress at Nevada’s Area 51 base. Cartoonish, throaty-voiced relatives of Marvin the Martian who don armor and Spartan-style helmets. We humans are fascinated with the possibility of life on the Red Planet.
Each week, researchers with Rutgers ENIGMA teach astrobiology lessons to children in grades four through eight at McKinley Community School and Greater New Brunswick Charter School. Astrobiology is a relatively new interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand whether life arose elsewhere and whether we can detect it.
People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out.
He’s somewhere out there: That is, Michael Ian Borer, a UNLV sociologist and pop culture expert who’s available to offer context to media stories about the swelling interest in aliens and the Area 51 military base in Nevada. Items that Borer…