With the Universe having trillions of galaxies and each of them having billions of stars, humanity could use some new gadgets for exploring the most distant regions of our nature and get a better grasp of what dwells on an exoplanet. It might sound impossible for now, but scientists are constantly trying to develop new ‘toys’ that can help us.
But NASA never gives up, and it has under its plans some mission concepts for how to study the heavens twenty years from now. One of them is represented by the Large UV/Optical/IR Surveyor (LUVOIR), and its main highlight is providing astronomers a more deep understanding of newfound rocky exoplanets. Thus, LUVOIR would zoom in, and hopefully, it will bring back info about the atmosphere, the surface, and if there are any organisms developing on those worlds.
Aki Roberge, an astronomer at NASA, suggests that guessing whatever lies on the surface of an exoplanet is currently like looking for a needle in a haystack:
We have no idea what the diversity of terrestrial planets is going to be like,
In the solar system, we’ve got Venus, Earth and Mars. But they’re very different from each other, first of all; second of all, I’m sure there’s other options out there, too.
Could it ever reach other Universes?
The String Theory is one of the theories claiming that our Universe is just one among numerous other Universes. Together they form the Multiverse. The problem is, regardless of how fast we travel or how far away we can see in space, it’s impossible to reach another Universe. By definition, those hypothetical other Universes are structures impossible to ever reach by humans. Not even a wormhole could help us if by any chance, scientists will ever manage to create one.
But luckily for us, our own Universe has countless unexplored wonders that the LUVOIR telescope and other advanced tools could find and assess. We can only wait and see if the new tool will be put into action by NASA.