NASA finds evidence of alien life on a meteorite

By on March 6, 2011
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NASA scientist find micro-organisms that are similar to those found on Earth.


An astrobiologist at NASA has found, what seems to be, the first solid evidence of alien life. Dr. Richad B. Hoover of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, says he has found fossils of bacteria in an extremely rare class of meteorite called Cl1 carbonaceous chondrites.

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

Hoover discovered the bacteria fossils by breaking apart the Cl1 meteorite, and then analyzing the rock with a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope. What he found was fossibls of micro-organisms that bare striking resemblance to ‘generic species’ found on earth.

“The exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognizable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth,” said Hoover. Some of the fossils, however, are quite odd. “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 stump.”

In a rare order of procedure, Hoover’s findings was made available to hundreds of experts before its publication in Journal of Cosmology to help thoroughly dissect the discovery.

“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,” writes Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics scientist Dr. Rudy Schild, who serves as the Journal of Cosmology’s editor-in-chief. “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.”


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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