WASHINGTON (CBS) – We’re closer than ever to finding out whether we’re alone in the universe or not, NASA’s top scientist said Tuesday.

The remarks came at a panel at NASA headquarters where scientists were talking about recent discoveries of water around the solar system.

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NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan said scientists will be soon finding the first hints of alien life within the next 10 years.

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“I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years,” Stofan said.

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