Alien Life Found On Meteorite?

A NASA scientist makes an intriguing claim:

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 one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology.

Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has traveled to remote areas in Antarctica, Siberia, and Alaska, amongst others, for over ten years now, collecting and studying meteorites. He gave FoxNews.com early access to the out-of-this-world research, published late Friday evening in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. In it, Hoover describes the latest findings in his study of an extremely rare class of meteorites, called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites — only nine such meteorites are known to exist on Earth.

Though it may be hard to swallow, Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life within such 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 told FoxNews.com. “This field of study has just barely been touched — because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible.”

(….)

“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 told FoxNews.com. But not all of them. “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.”

It’s long been speculated that the building blocks of life on Earth came in part from organisms contained in meteorites that crashed here billions of years ago. This would seem to provide at least some evidence for that hypothesis.

 

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Comments

  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    I seem to remember NASA scientists discovering something similar–a fossilized bacterium inside of a meteorite–about 15 years ago.

    I was a child at the time, so my memory is a bit fuzzy making it hard for me to find this past story.

  2. PJ says:

    @Neil Hudelson:

    I seem to remember NASA scientists discovering something similar–a fossilized bacterium inside of a meteorite–about 15 years ago.

    You remember right. It was 1997, and the scientist is the same guy who’s making this claim…

  3. michael reynolds says:

    We should move immediately to amend the constitution to forbid any claims of earth citizenship by the children of these fossilized bacteria. There are good terran and American bacteria still looking for a gut of their own to colonize without this illegal competition.

  4. John Burgess says:

    I insist that no bacterial law be recognized by my state’s courts. Further, no state court shall apply extraterrestrial law in any form.

  5. tps says:

    Neil Hudelson says:
    Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 10:58

    I seem to remember NASA scientists discovering something similar–a fossilized bacterium inside of a meteorite–about 15 years ago.

    What made that meteorite interesting was that they think it was blasted off of Mars. It would be fun to find a meteorite on Mars that was a chunk of the Yucatan from 65 million years ago.

  6. Kylopod says:

    The claim in 1997, as I recall, was disputed. An image of the meteorite from an electron microscope showed what appeared to be a long, worm-like structure substantially smaller than any cellular organism on Earth, but it could have just been a shape the rocks had acquired, and there was also a possibility the meteorite had been contaminated by Earth biology. So the claim was dismissed as ambiguous at best. Here is Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Hills_84001#Possible_biogenic_features

    I just happened to be reading about this case a few days ago in a book, Chris Impey’s How It Ends, which discusses a range of issues in astronomy.

  7. G.A.Phillips says:

    It’s long been speculated that the building blocks of life on Earth came in part from organisms contained in meteorites that crashed here billions of years ago. This would seem to provide at least some evidence for that hypothesis.

    First things first. How about some evidence of billions of years?Millions?

  8. Dave Schuler says:

    In reflecting on MIchael’s comment I could only think of this in comparison with his picture. Coincidence? I think not.

  9. Bleev K says:

    First things first. How about some evidence of billions of years?Millions?

    Let the grown-ups talk and go play in the backyard, kid.

  10. G.A.Phillips says:

    Let the grown-ups talk and go play in the backyard, kid.

    lol, nice comeback, as always…..

  11. sam says:

    @GA

    “First things first. How about some evidence of billions of years?Millions?”

    Look, why don’t you just admit that nothing, absolutely nothing, we could present as evidence would be accepted by you as evidence? You reject anything out of hand that conflicts with the biblical narrative you embrace. Save the bandwidth when scientific issues are discussed, ok?

  12. G.A.Phillips says:

    Look, why don’t you just admit that nothing, absolutely nothing, we could present as evidence would be accepted by you as evidence? You reject anything out of hand that conflicts with the biblical narrative you embrace. Save the bandwidth when scientific issues are discussed, ok?

    Um scientific narrative and biblical narrative.

    What have any of you ever presented that is even close to evidence.

    Once again, the atheist religion and it’s creation story known as evolution and it’s so called evdence(Cleaned that up for you Alex:)) is useless to me now since I have compared it to the evidence of creation and studied it’s origin and fabrications.

    You should know this by now sam, but you continue to label me as some bible thumping hick who was not once a brain washed atheist zealot like yourself:)

    I am very sure I that I know tons more then you do about evolution and creation, and the debate, I am quite confident….

    But then, every one else comes here and makes jokes but I am denied the RIGHT TOO to . poo?

  13. Gustopher says:

    Since this is being repo

  14. Gustopher says:

    IpHone bad. Screw up comment by submitting at random.

    Since this is being reported by foxnews, I assume the next article is that Obama is not even a real Earthling? Where is the long form birth certificate complete with DNA sequencing?

  15. sam says:

    Looks like GA has some soulmates across the pond:

    Scientist Imam threatened over Darwinist views:

    A prominent British imam has been forced to retract his claims that Islam is compatible with Darwin’s theory of evolution after receiving death threats from fundamentalists.

    Dr Usama Hasan, a physics lecturer at Middlesex University and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, was intending yesterday to return to Masjid al-Tawhid, a mosque in Leyton, East London, for the first time since he delivered a lecture there entitled “Islam and the theory of evolution”.

    But according to his sister, police advised him not to attend after becoming concerned for his safety. Instead his father, Suhaib, head of the mosque’s committee of trustees, posted a notice on his behalf expressing regret over his comments. “I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes and apologise for any offence caused,” the statement read.

    The campaign is part of a growing movement by a small but vocal group of largely Saudi-influenced orthodox Muslims who use evolution as a way of discrediting imams whom they deem to be overly progressive or “western orientated”.

  16. wr says:

    GA — It would be a lot easier to believe you know tons more about evolution and creation than anyone else if you ever demonstrated mastery of simpler conceps firstt. Like the difference between “its” and “it’s.”

  17. Franklin says:

    We know the answer to the Drake Equation is at least one. The chance that it is exactly one seems to be somewhat unlikely. (Not to mention that that equation is talking about civilizations that could be communicated with, which is far beyond basic life such as bacteria which is probably everywhere.)

    Still, I’m going to need more proof than one guy who hopefully thinks he really has found something this time.

  18. Franklin says:

    Oh, and GA: I’ve read some of the same books as you. Including ones by self-professed “former atheists.” Let’s just say that even a layman can pick apart most of the “arguments” presented.

  19. Kylopod says:

    God, we Jews are wimps.

    In 2005 about twenty prominent Haredi rabbis in Israel and the United States…put a ban on [Rabbi] Slifkin’s books, which in effect meant that Haredi Jews in communities that accepted the Rabbis’ authority could neither purchase nor read Slifkin’s writings without running afoul of a rabbinic dictate. The main reasons given for the ban were Slifkin’s suggestions that the Sages of the Talmud were mistaken in certain scientific matters, and that the universe is in fact billions of years old.

    So the thread begins as a discussion about whether there is evidence of traces of alien life on meteorites. Pretty soon it devolves, punk eek style, into a discussion about whether there is evidence the world is more than 6,000 years old.

    Don’t we all love the ‘Net?

  20. G.A.Phillips says:

    GA — It would be a lot easier to believe you know tons more about evolution and creation than anyone else if you ever demonstrated mastery of simpler concept first. Like the difference between “its” and “it’s.”

    I was talking to sam. And for a trained writer you suck, bad….pick on my its lol!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, and GA: I’ve read some of the same books as you. Including ones by self-professed “former atheists.” Let’s just say that even a layman can pick apart most of the “arguments” presented.

    lol….. oh yeah, good argument….

    You guys always pick apart every thing with such truth and skill and reason and with such ease, keep up the good work.

    So the thread begins as a discussion about whether there is evidence of traces of alien life on meteorites. Pretty soon it devolves, punk eek style, into a discussion about whether there is evidence the world is more than 6,000 years old.

    I was just making a small quip about how evolution is completely full of $hit.

    Pure indoctrinating garbage and how you guy discuss it like it’s real( Yeah I have had enough of wise ass stupid condescending liberals again).

    Sad thing is I know how much education most of you have. So I understand.

    But hey, I guess the same fraud bringing up the same silly scam and it being plastered all over the planet again is right up you guys ally. Sorry I interrupted.

    Forgive me for my outburst, I go back to watching this movie about how a Jackass turns into a whale and proves evolution, hopefully I will be like you guys when I return. Pray for me, er, I mean hate me till I make the breakthrough….

  21. Bleev K says:

    Sad thing is I know how much education most of you have. So I understand.

    Thank you for stopping by, professor.

  22. Kylopod says:

    I was just making a small quip about how evolution is completely full of $hit.

    Quip? What quip? This is what you said:

    First things first. How about some evidence of billions of years?Millions?

    You call that a quip? That’s just straightforward sneering.

  23. michael reynolds says:

    Dave:

    I assure you that despite the avatar at right I have never hatched from the insides of anyone who didn’t deserve to be hatched from.

  24. Wiley Stoner says:

    Does anyone here understand what the term theory means? How does that apply to “theory of evolution”? Facts not in evidence. Look at Reynolds and Mataconis’ picture and tell me you do not think we live among alien life forms.
    I know this is something that will please most of those who comment here. If you are an athiest and choose not to believe in God. Do not worry. At the end of your life you will not have to experience God, even if God exists. See, if you are right, you are right and if you are wrong you are right. Whereas those of us who believe in God, well if we are wrong, Oh well. If we are right we get everlasting life while you get emptyness. Come to think of it that is what you have now.

  25. sam says:

    “Does anyone here understand what the term theory means? How does that apply to “theory of evolution”? Facts not in evidence. ”

    Apply that logic to the theories of special and general relativity. Idiot.

  26. G.A.Phillips says:

    Update: While the Journal of Cosmology says that “no other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting,” some highly respected names in the scientific community are challenging the validity of Cosmology, and the findings of Dr. Hoover.

    “[The Journal of Cosmology] isn’t a real science journal at all,” says PZ Meyers in Science Blogs, “but is the ginned-up website of a small group of crank academics obsessed with the idea of Hoyle and Wickramasinghe that life originated in outer space and simply rained down on Earth.”

    So there you have it — this is either reality-altering news, or the work of kooks. Our hearts believe, but our brains are kind of bummed.

    H/T Yahoo newshttp://news.yahoo.com/s/digitaltrends/20110305/tc_digitaltrends/nasascientistfindsevidenceofalienlife?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fauth.php

  27. sam says:

    Ah, but GA, you do see that if the claims are determined to be unfounded, it will be because some scientists applied the scientific method to the data and found it wanting. Not because somebody like you found some passage in the Bible that “disproved” the claims.

  28. sam says:

    BTW, you ought to visit Science Blogs and look around. You’ll see why most of us think your “observations” on things scientific are profoundly silly.

  29. Stonemotmot says:

    Due to all the posts about religion on this site, i would like to pose a question. If an informed expert can answer it that will certainly help me understand the current devision caused by religion when talking about alien life. OK so my question is why does everybody assume that the bible denies the existence of aliens. If some one could find the words in the bible that say we are alone in the universe i would readily accepts this argument as a legitimate one, but sense i know of no such words i am inclined to believe there is no real reason why an all powerful being would not create multiple forms of life possibly even with similar if not practicably identical religions(when translated of course) PS. I am not an atheist

  30. Kylopod says:

    >OK so my question is why does everybody assume that the bible denies the existence of aliens.

    Everyone? Please tell me where you heard that “everyone” made that assumption. I sure didn’t.

    I’m a religious person (Jewish) and I suspect it’s quite likely we’re not alone in the universe (though I’m perfectly aware there’s no proof of extraterrestrial life at this point). You could even make a theological argument about it: why would God create all those billions of galaxies if only one planet of one star would house living things?

  31. tom p says:

    OK so my question is why does everybody assume that the bible denies the existence of aliens.

    as an avowed aetheist who has not read near enuf of the bible, I would really like to hear from our Christain Brethren on this question.

  32. Neil Hudelson says:

    As far as I’m aware, the bible doesn’t deny the existence of aliens. Or confirms it. It doesn’t even approach the subject.

    I don’t think this thread is so much a ‘Christians [or all religious] people denying that their could be other life in the galaxy” but rather “One idiotic young earther believing that tautological arguments relayed by an altogether close-minded and mistaken reading of the Bible is equal in force to science” thing.

    I’ve read the bible more than a few times, and I see no evidence that it confirms or denies the possibility of other life forms, in the same way that writings of Darwin, Crime and Punishment, or the Twilight series neither confirms or denies it. It just doesn’t touch on it.

    Of course most Christians I know are also intelligent enough to have no trouble reconciling evolution and Christianity. And most–myself included–believe that the book of Genesis has really nothing to do with the tenants of Christianity. Its simply a nice set of parables meant to explain to an illiterate and uneducated mass how we came to be.

    Which explains why GA still adheres to it.

  33. Stonemotmot says:

    wow, its nice to see some people respond to my question. Thanks for all your input.