NASA Scientist Says Evidence of Alien Life Found on Meteorite

In what’s sure to rekindle the debate over the question of life beyond Earth, a scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center says he has fossil evidence of bacterial life inside of a rare class of meteorites.

A photograph taken through a scanning electron microscope of a CI1 meteorite (right) is similar in size and overall structure to the giant bacterium Titanospirillum velox (left), an organism found here on planet Earth, a NASA scientist said. Photo: Riccardo Guerrero / Richard B. Hoover / Journal of Cosmology

No, that is not a headline from a supermarket tabloid, in fact, it might just be the most important discovery of all time. We are not alone in the universe – and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought.

That’s the stunning conclusion Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. Let me repeat: we are not alone in the universe.

As it turns out, alien life may be a lot more like life here on Earth than anyone ever thought. Dr. Hoover has been studying meteorites for more than ten years now, specifically, those found in Antarctica, Siberia, and Alaska.

His research, which was published last night in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology, details his latest findings in CI1 carbonaceous chondrites, a rare class of meteorite – only nine such meteorites are known to exist on Earth.

Mr. Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life within these rate meteorites, the remains of living organisms from their parent bodies – comets, moons and other astral bodies. By extension, the findings suggest we are not alone in the universe, he said.

“I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet earth,” Hoover says. “This field of study has just barely been touched — because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible.”

Dr. Hoover fractured the meteorite stones under a sterile environment before examining the freshly broken surface with the standard tools of the scientist: a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope, which allowed him to search the stone’s surface for evidence of fossilized remains.

“The exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognizable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth,” Hoover added. “There are some that are just very strange and don’t look like anything that I’ve been able to identify, and I’ve shown them to many other experts that have also come up stumped.”

Skeptics will doubtless weigh in soon with questions. Still, Hoover’s proposition may have stirred more controversy several years ago. More recently, though, some scientists have suggested that meteors and comets slamming into the Earth brought with them the very integuments of life, including water and a host of complex organic chemicals.

If he’s right, Hoover may have evidence to support that theory. He argues that the complex filaments he found embedded in the meteors are micro-fossils of extraterrestrial life forms that existed on the meteorites a long time ago prior to the meteorites’ entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

“This finding has direct implications to the distribution of life in the Cosmos and the possibility of microbial life on in liquid water regimes of cometary nuclei as the travel within the orbit of Mars and in icy moons with liquid water oceans such as Europa and Enceladus,” he writes.

Knowing that the study will be controversial, Rudy Schild, the journal’s editor-in-chief and a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astrophysics, announced that the publication has sent out a “general invitation” to more than 5000 scientists to review the paper.

“Given the controversial nature of his discovery, we have invited 100 experts and have issued a general invitation to over 5,000 scientists from the scientific community to review the paper and to offer their critical analysis,” Schild wrote in an editor’s note along with the article.

“No other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting, and never before in the history of science has the scientific community been given the opportunity to critically analyze an important research paper before it is published, he wrote.” [via Fox News and CBS News]

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