Have We Discovered Alien Life?

Posted 07 Mar 2011 in Aliens, Featured Blog, Science

Yes! says NASA scientist Richard B. Hoover, in a paper published in the online Journal of Cosmology. But don’t pop that champaign cork yet.

“Richard Hoover has discovered evidence of microfossils,” according to the journal “in freshly fractured slices of the interior surfaces of the Alais, Ivuna, and Orgueil CI1 carbonaceous meteorites.”

The journal continues, “He concludes these fossilized bacteria are not Earthly contaminants but are the fossilized remains of living organisms which lived in the parent bodies of these meteors, e.g. comets, moons, and other astral bodies,” and “that life on Earth may have come from other planets.”

The announcement, which bypassed official channels and scientific protocols, received a tremendous amount of online and media coverage. But not everyone was convinced. The experts are weighing in and they are skeptical.

In his blog Followup thoughts on the meteorite fossils claim, astronomer and Discover magazine contributor Phil Plait says, “it’s my personal opinion that Hoover’s claims are wrong. There are way, way too many red flags here. As a scientist and a skeptic I have to leave some room, no matter how small, for the idea that this might be correct. But that room is tiny indeed, and it looks to me that the search for life beyond Earth will continue, and in time will eventually produce scientifically rigorous results.”

NASA has chimed in. In a news item posted Monday, March 7, 2011, titled NASA Statement on Astrobiology Paper by Richard Hoover the agency says, “NASA cannot stand behind or support a scientific claim unless it has been peer-reviewed or thoroughly examined by other qualified experts.” Adding, “NASA also was unaware of the recent submission of the paper to the Journal of Cosmology or of the paper’s subsequent publication.”

Posted by raphen

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