Is there any rabbinic literature explaining why Hashem created only one planet (Earth) in the whole entire universe that can support intelligent life?

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    How do you even know this claim is true? There is almost certainly another planet somewhere that can support life. – Double AA Jan 17 '17 at 0:41
  • Downvoting you because you have no evidence that God only created intelligent life on Earth – Aaron Jan 17 '17 at 1:07
  • why are you so certain that there isn't intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? Who gave you permission to limit the ability of Hashem's creation? – Dude Feb 19 '17 at 7:48
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    @Dude Stating that there isn't something isn't limiting God's ability. – Double AA Feb 27 '17 at 19:10
  • presuming that there can only be one location with life or there can't be elsewhere is limiting. Asking this question another way would resolve that – Dude Feb 27 '17 at 19:12

Technically, given the way the Torah deals with life on Earth, there could be worlds designed for future settlement or worlds with intelligent beings and travel possible or impossible. Note how the Torah ignores the other civilizations on this Earth except as they interact with Bnai Yisrael. You should be asking if Chazal deal with the possibilities of other worlds.

For example Is There Life on Other Planets?

Several Torah scholars of past generations have discussed the possibility of life on other planets. Rabbi Chasdai Crescas (Spain, 1340–1411) wrote that there is nothing anywhere in Torah that negates such a possibility.3 Rabbi Yosef Albo (Spain, 1380–1444), on the other hand, disagreed.4 Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz (Poland 1765-1861), cites Albo, but rejects his thesis.5

  1. Ohr Hashem 4:5.
  2. Sefer Ha'Ikrim.
  3. Sefer HaBrit HaShalem 1:3, 4.

There are discussions as to whether beings on other planets would or would not have free will and what Hashem would command them and would they be given a (or the) Torah. Since we cannot determine this, any discussion is a matter of opinion based on how we read the Torah.

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