Whether we are alone in the vast universe has long intrigued the space community. 

A powerful new instrument is being developed to hunt for extraterrestrial life on faraway planets. 

Known as ANDES, the ArmazoNes high Dispersion Echelle Spectrograph is a cutting-edge technology that will focus on detecting signs of life on Earth-like exoplanets.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) recently inked a deal to develop and build this advanced instrument. 

“ANDES is an instrument with an enormous potential for groundbreaking scientific discoveries, which can deeply affect our perception of the Universe far beyond the small community of scientists,” said Alessandro Marconi, ANDES principal investigator, in the press release.

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