Exobiology

Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? If there is life elsewhere in the universe, it is probably microbial. Fascination with extraterrestrial life has fueled enthusiasm for shows such as the “X-Files” and one of the most talked about news stories of 1996: evidence for past microbial life on Mars. While the evidence for microbes on Mars is intriguing, the debate continues about life on Mars, and the search goes on to detect life beyond our own planet.
While we may never know whether life exists elsewhere in the universe, microbes will probably play a key role in helping us explore and colonize space