the sad part is we will not live to see confirmation, and if life there is intelegent even if we send a message to them it would take 20 years for the message to reach them and it would depend on them if they have the technology to recive it the brains to interpret it and the technology to send it back where it would take a nother 20 years for us to get the reply.
I was thinking pretty much the same thing.
But you never know, maybe some clever chap will invent a stable wormhole and we will be able to get there.
It's always got me down; not being able to see what happens in the future. I'm still fuming that we were not living on the moon and driving flycars by the year 2000!