Are there other planets we could live on? UT focuses on finding out

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — How can we find other planets that humans could live on? Where might we find life already existing outside of Earth?

These are the questions drawing together scientists, researchers, NASA officials, and nonprofits at the University of Texas’ J.J. Pickle campus for six weeks. Their hope is that bringing these minds together will help them chip away at some of the greatest looming questions about life beyond our own planet. 

This effort is being called the Pop-Up Institute for Planetary Habitability and will run from June 12 to July 26. UT has hosted several similar Pop Up Institutes in the last couple of years, the most recent one focused on combating youth addiction. 

The experts joining together are looking to outline the top-priority topics to research, come up with plans for a campus-wide research focus on planetary habitability, look to fund this research through federal and private grants, and look for ways to collaborate with other countries on seeking out this knowledge. 

This Pop-Up institute is free and open to the public, you can follow along on live streams here

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