Could this be what we’ve all been waiting for? NASA has announced it will hold a special press conference on Thursday at 2 p.m. EST “to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.”
NASA also explains that “Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.” Speculation mounted around the world about the mystery information and buoyed people who already believe in aliens.
One said on U.S. news website MSNBC, “It’s still hard for me to understand why people can’t accept that aliens exist. ET is real”. “Fact is, life is everywhere,” another wrote. ‘I don’t need some BS announcement to know it because I have common sense.’
The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website at www.nasa.gov.
Popular blogger, Jason Kottke theorizes a hypothesis short of actually confirming alien life. He said, “I’d say that they’ve discovered arsenic on Titan and maybe even detected chemical evidence of bacteria utilizing it for photosynthesis.”
Kottke has also a rundown on the scientists involved in the conference, and PCWorld thinks “this astrobiological discovery will have something to do with water, evolutionary biology, and aquatic bacteria.”
Kottke points out that Pamela Conrad, a geobiologist, was the primary author of a 2009 paper on geology and life on Mars, while Felisa Wolfe-Simon, an oceanographer, has written extensively on photosynthesis using arsenic.
Steven Benner, a biologist, is on the “Titan Team” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They’re looking at Saturn’s largest moon as an early-Earth-like chemical environment.
And James Elsner, an ecologist, is involved with a NASA-funded astrobiology program named Follow the Elements that studies the chemistry of environments where life evolves, not just water, carbon or oxygen.
The UK’s The Telegraph reports that “the discovery could prove the theory of ‘shadow’ creatures which exist in tandem with our own and in hostile environments previously thought uninhabitable. “
Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph’s Science Correspondent, thinks that “researchers will unveil the discovery of a microbe that can live in an environment previously thought too poisonous for any life-form to survive.”
The bacteria has been found at the bottom of Mono Lake in Yosemite National Park in California, which is rich in arsenic – usually poisonous to life. Check the beautiful photos of the lake above and below.
Somehow the creature uses the arsenic as a way of surviving and this ability raises the prospect that similar life could exist on other planets, which do not have our benevolent atmosphere.
“If these organisms use arsenic in their metabolism, it demonstrates that there are other forms of life to those we knew of. They’re aliens, but aliens that share the same home as us,” said Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist at the Centre for Planetary Sciences in London.
NASA scientists believe the creature proves the existence of a second form of life that exists in tandem and before and after intelligent life blooms on planets across the universe.
It follows a growing belief that alien life far from being rare is actually abundant in the universe just in a form that is not recognisable as life. At the heart of his theory is that life on earth may have come and gone many times during the planet’s existence.
These creatures are the remnants of the previous inhabitants. Scientists have also estimated that life of some kind exists on hundred billion trillion Earth-like planets in space. [via The Telegraph (UK) and Huffington Post]
p.s. Dear readers, what do you think this discovery will be? Has extraterrestrial bacterial been discovered preserved in a meteorite? Have we seen evidence of life on a ocean-covered exoplanet? Tell us in the comments below!