Although no authentic evidence of life on other planets found by astronomical organizations until now, NASA spectroscopy has empowered its search for alien life under its Planetary Exploration Programm by developing a new instrument to fasten its search for extraterrestrial life.
It is a new spectroscopy instrument which is likely to fasten the search for alien life on other planets by detecting compounds and minerals associated with biological activity with greater speed and sensitivity than earlier instruments.
How will the new instrument help?
As per its description in the journal Applied Optics, the new system will improve upon the analytical technique known as micro Raman spectroscopy. In this technique, the interaction between laser light and a sample is used to provide information about chemical composition on a microscopic scale.
According to the study, it can detect organic compounds like amino acids that are found in living beings and identify minerals formed by biochemical processes on Earth which can help in finding life on alien planets.
Facts about the new instrument:
This new system named standoff ultra-compact micro Raman (SUCR) instrument is the idea and developed by NASA in affiliation with the University of Hawaii. According to M Nurul Abedin, lead researcher of NASA Langley Research Center, this new instrument is one of the most advanced Raman spectrometers developed until now.
It ably surpasses the drawbacks of conventional micro Raman instruments and is designed considering the future missions of NASA like exploring the surface of Mars or Jupiter’s icy Europa moon.