DEC 14, 2016 12:50 PM PST

Life... Are You Out There?

With the recent passing of the great John Glenn, a man who will forever be remembered as the first American to orbit the Earth, we look again to the sky and can’t help but wonder what else is out there. There is growing interest in what Mars has to offer, but NASA has been looking for Earth-size planets orbiting other stars since March 2009. NASA’s Kepler telescope has discovered more than half of today’s known Earth-like exoplanets. In our galaxy alone, there could be up to 40 billion exoplanets similar to earth.

Don’t get too excited and pack your bags just yet, Proxima B is our closest Earth-like exoplanet that could support life at 4.2 lights years away. And while there is a chance of life, it’s believe that alien life is simple and would die young, so we don’t need to worry about an Indepence Day situation just yet.

While the questions remains as to life on other planets or could we call another planet home, we still have lots to learn about our own planet.

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  • I am an award-winning public relations professional with seven years of experience, multiple individual awards and numerous top-tier articles and product awards to my credit. I have managed a variety of press outreach projects, reported quarterly media activity and mentored junior or newer employees. I secured critical media placements, including print and online in Cosmopolitan Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Business Journal; while achieving and maintaining close working relationships with top tech reporters. I successfully balance managing media campaigns, contributing to an award-winning company newsletter, press tour travel and serving as the official spokesperson for conferences and user group presentations. As part of the award-winning editorial team of iolo insider, the monthly internal company newsletter, I won PRSA-LA PRism Awards in 2010 and 2011, as well as Holmes Report's SABRE Awards and PR News' Platinum PR Awards in 2011. Fluent in English and Lithuanian, I hold a BA in Communications with an emphasis in PR from Brigham Young University. I currently work at LabRoots managing digital content and PR activities.
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