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Adit Daga

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Is it possible that we will find life on other planets, and what environments would a carbon-based life form need to thrive on such planets?

I'm just wondering if we will find life on other planets in near years or is it a long shot?
Also what conditions would be possible for life to be sustained on other earth-like planets?
Please include a detailed answer, and yes jot notes work too.

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    May 1 2011: Another discussion on similar subject started by Bridia is here in TED. Please check it, you might get some thoughts from there
    http://www.ted.com/conversations/1660/aliens_exist_1.html
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    May 1 2011: It is entirely possible. As far as conditions go I'm sure someone here would be able to answer that much better then I. Although there is also a chance that there are non-carbon based lifeforms. What they are or how to discover them is a whole other issue.