Estamos más cerca de encontrar vida fuera de la Tierra, dice una astronauta brasileña.


“We are closer than ever to discovering life beyond Earth,” stated Laysa Peixoto, a Brazilian astronaut, during her appearance at the CCXP23 pre-event. Peixoto, who works at NASA’s L’SPACE Academy, shared her experiences and scientific findings at the exclusive Comic Con Experience panel.

At just 19 years old, Laysa Peixoto became the first Brazilian to command an aircraft for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Currently, she is involved in the development of space exploration technologies at NASA’s academy, where she also underwent training to become the first Brazilian woman to venture into space.

Peixoto firmly believes in the existence of intelligent life in the universe. She explains, “Scientifically speaking, we are getting closer to discovering various forms of life, including those that we have not yet been able to identify.” According to her, these forms of life may differ greatly from the fictional portrayals of extraterrestrial beings in movies and series.

The discovery of water, a crucial element for life, on several planets has been a significant breakthrough. Peixoto expressed her hope for future expeditions to uncover evidence of life on Mars.

Drawing a comparison between the fictional world of “Dune” and the real findings of astrophysicists and astronomers, Peixoto points out the possibility of planets completely covered in water. She is fascinated by the diversity of characteristics observed in different planets.

Aside from her scientific endeavors, Peixoto emphasizes the importance of representation in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. She believes that greater visibility for women in science, both on-screen and off, is necessary. Peixoto envisions a change where women are portrayed as scientists and explorers in science fiction films, breaking away from traditional gender roles.

Furthermore, Peixoto stresses the need to promote programs and projects that illuminate the achievements of women who have made significant contributions to science. She believes it is crucial for children and teenagers to see individuals like them succeed in scientific fields, as many women scientists have been historically overlooked and their stories erased.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Peixoto engaged in a research project related to space exploration. She learned to use various software programs to analyze different aspects of astronomy, which led her to discover a new asteroid at the age of 18. This achievement was made possible through her participation in The International Astronomical Search Collaboration program, an initiative that searches for celestial bodies in collaboration with NASA. The asteroid was named LPS0003 after Peixoto, as the person who identifies celestial bodies is allowed to place their initials on the object.

The threat of asteroids is a subject of concern and is often portrayed in science fiction works such as the Netflix film “Don’t Look Up.” Peixoto acknowledges the potential danger of these celestial bodies colliding with Earth and emphasizes the importance of monitoring them as they pass through our solar system.

Peixoto’s journey into astronomy began with her involvement in asteroid research. Despite studying physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), she managed to enter NASA through her dedication to studying asteroids, ultimately embarking on a career in astronomy with the support of Manhattan University.

In conclusion, Laysa Peixoto’s experiences and scientific findings bring us closer to the possibility of discovering life beyond Earth. Her work at NASA’s L’SPACE Academy, along with her advocacy for greater representation and appreciation of women in science, serves as an inspiration for future generations and pushes the boundaries of our understanding of the universe.