The question of whether life could be detected on other bodies in the universe is among the oldest and most enduring, and one of the first questions to which the telescope was applied when it was invented around 1608. In this op-ed, I write about the great thinkers over the course of history who have opined on the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and the visual evidence that helped convince them.

Read more in The Wall Street Journal.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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