Should we look for life?

In Episode 3, we talked briefly about searching for life outside our solar system. Is there much point looking for bacterial on Planet Zork, a thousand light years away? Since we’re not going to be able to get there for thousands of years?

Planets Align Over Australian Radio Telescope Array

Or do you think there are worthwhile scientific and technological advancements to be made doing the research anyway?

Image credit: Graeme L. White & Glen Cozens (James Cook University)