Has it really happened? Has proof of alien existence been found?
It appears so. The astonishing claim from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an award-winning astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, is that he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
“I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet earth,” Hoover, who has spent more than 10 years studying meteorites around the world, said in a recent 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 fossils by breaking apart the CI1 meteorite, which only nine of such exist on our planet, and analyzing the exposed rock with a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope. This allowed him to detect any possible fossil remains… which surprisingly, he did. What he found were fossils of micro-organisms, many of which he says are profoundly similar to those found on Earth.
Here’s one image from a field emission scanning electron microscope, showing what Hoover describes as features “interpreted as morphotypes of the cyanobacterium Calothrix spp.”:
“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 clearly extra-terrestrial, and perplexing to the greatest minds in the field. “There are some that are just very strange and don’t look like anything that I’ve been able to identify," he explained, "and I’ve shown them to many other experts that have also come up stump.”
With the understandable onslaught of skepticism, Hoover’s study and evidence were made available to the scientific community in advance of the study’s publications, to thoroughly dissect the astrobiologist’s findings. In the spirit of full disclosure, comments from those who decided to sift through the evidence will be published online, alongside the study.
“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.”
To add a grain of salt to this exciting news, Hoover has been claiming to have fossil evidence of alien bacterial life for years. In 2004 Hoover claimed to have made much the same discovery as that currently being reported:
Richard B. Hoover of NASA/NSSTC announced today the discovery of evidence for the detection of a fossilized cyanobacterial mat in a freshly fractured, interior surface of the Orgueil carbonaceous meteorite.
So, there’s that shred of doubt to contend with. But if Hoover’s right about his findings, the implications of the alien possibilities are staggering. We’re all generally excited about the idea, so long as the end result of the research doesn’t lead us to a space-rendezvous with these guys: