Yes. It’s likely advanced scopes would be responsible for the discovery, thus justifying more funding for even greater scopes, and at much less of a cost to risky probes.If we can detect such planet with life or capable of supporting it we can probably go on to detect them better and tease out more knowledge about such planets without going there. Better telescopes and astronomical instruments - probably in space - may be the principle beneficiaries of such a discovery.
Space plays me deja vu"Hypothetical question: What if in the future, scientists can in fact confirm that a planet exists circling, say- Alpha Centauri, that can and does support earth-like life. Would there be efforts to send a probe there to investigate?"
Is this not a cyclic problem? Would not a probe be necessary to "confirm that a planet exists circling, say- Alpha Centauri, that can and does support earth-like life?" in the first place? Unless, of course, the indigenous population sends us a postcard?
So what is this thread actually about?