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Terrestrial Titanospirillum velox along-side its purportedly alien look-alike.  (Source: Riccardo Guerrero / Richard B. Hoover / Journal of Cosmology)

Another close-up of the possible "alien".  (Source: Riccardo Guerrero / Richard B. Hoover / Journal of Cosmology)
Astrobiologist shattered meteorite, reports finding fossilized microbe E.T.s inside

An astrobiologist working at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center outside Huntsville, Alabama has made an astounding claim.  In a recently published journal article, he claims to have discovered a preserved alien life form residing inside a meteor that journeyed through the vast black of space before impact our planet.

This extra-terrestrial may not be a bulbous-headed humanoid like in the movies, but it may offer up an answer to one of mankind's greatest inquiries -- are we alone in the universe?

The researcher, Dr. Richard B. Hoover [profile], had to go to extraordinary lengths to make his discovery.  He reasoned that if alien microbes were to hitch a ride on a meteorite, they would likely have to do so in a special meteor.  

Specifically, he zeroed in on the CI class of carbonaceous chrondite meteors.   These meteors are rich in water, amino acids, and other organic compounds -- seemingly a virtual pantry for a microorganism.  

Picking the most ideal type of CI meteorite -- CI1 optimized his chances, but narrowed his pool of available specimens.  In total only nine such meteorites are known to exist on Earth.

After going to great lengths to obtain one of these meteorites, he destroyed a piece of it, smashing it apart.  Using scanning-electron microscopes and field emissions electron-scanning microscopes he images the result dust and fragments and made the extraordinary discovery he was hoping for -- what appears to be a fossilized bacteria.

The identified specimen appears remarkably similar to the bacteria Titanospirillum velox, a sulfur-loving archaebacteria, which was discovered in 1999 mud samples from Spain.

The meteorite was reportedly broken under carefully controlled sterile conditions.  Now the only unknown is whether the meteorite could have somehow been contaminated.  The meteors were sterilely harvested in the frigid reaches of Antarctica immediately after their observed fall.  The fact that they were collected so quickly limits the possibility that indigenous microbes contaminated them.  The possibility of atmospheric contamination still remains, though.

Dr. Hoover believes that this is not a case of contamination.  He is convinced that he has become the first human to record a scientifically verifiable encounter with an alien being.  He states in a recent interview, "I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet Earth. This field of study has just barely been touched -- because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible."

The discovery has been met with a great deal of skepticism, but also fascination.  Dr. Hoover writes in a note to the editor's note accompanying his 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. 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."

With the paper currently peer-reviewed and published [abstract] in the Journal of Cosmology, Dr. Hoover's discovery will face its next critical test, with the collected materials being examined by a second research team for verification and validation.

Dr. David Marais, an astrobiologist at NASA's AMES Research Center states, "It’s an extraordinary claim, and thus I’ll need extraordinary evidence."

Dr. Hoover is confident his discovery will be validated.  He comments, "A lot of times it takes a long time before scientists start changing their mind as to what is valid and what is not. I’m sure there will be many scientists that will be very skeptical and that’s OK."

"If someone can explain how it is possible to have a biological remain that has no nitrogen, or nitrogen below the detect ability limits that I have, in a time period as short as 150 years, then I would be very interested in hearing that. I’ve talked with many scientists about this and no one has been able to explain."



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RE: So what God created these things?
By gamerk2 on 3/7/2011 11:04:39 AM , Rating: 1
To be fair, the Vatican recently ruled that the Bible does no preclude life on other planets. Probably covering their own behinds, but still...

Yeah, in the highly unlikely event we get a validation [or even a "high probability" of the claim being true], I'd LOVE to see the religious nuts go off.


RE: So what God created these things?
By Myg on 3/7/2011 11:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
They don't need to cover their butts cause they don't take the OT literally. Its only the "reformers" who seem to have that issue.


RE: So what God created these things?
By Myg on 3/7/2011 11:43:57 AM , Rating: 3
You can also bet your backside that Catholic missionaries will be some of the first people to go to visit other alien races to bring the good news of Jesus Christ (If such means of transport exists).

Of course we will probably ever see that in our lifetimes.


RE: So what God created these things?
By Aries1470 on 3/8/2011 7:15:47 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm... Vatican? Shees, It has ALWAYS been in the New Testament. All you need to know is to read the original text, not some washed down version, of Ancient Greek.

Heck, I had even asked my Theology teacher while I was living in Greece ( It was a compulsary subject in high school), and he said, that our religion does not pre-clude it, in fact, what it was telling us, is that there is life, and just that we have to concentrate on the things here on Earth.

Here is a simple passage:
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John 3:12-13
Simple layman english translation:
If you do not beleive the things that happen here on Earth, and the life here, how will you beleive about the mysteries of the heavens
But yet, no one from Earth has risen to the heavens, how will they know what is up there, and teach you what is the heavenly, and none from up there have come down, except the son of God, that became human to teach you of the heavenly.
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It is a translation that I simplified for you all to be able to grasp the understanding.

12: e? t? ?p??e?a e?p?? ?µ?? ?a? ?? p?ste?ete, p?? ??? e?p? ?µ?? t? ?p??????a p?ste?sete;

13: ?a? ??de?? ??aß?ß??e? e?? t?? ???a??? e? µ? ? ?? t?? ???a??? ?ataß??, ? ???? t?? ?????p?? ? ?? ?? t? ???a??

Links:
http://www.ntgateway.com/greek-ntgateway/greek-new...
http://www.goarch.org/chapel/biblegreek
http://onlinechapel.goarch.org/biblegreek/?id=3&bo...

Please note, that the last part of 13, is ommited for some reason from plenty online sources! That is the part that says he is from the heavens. In Greek, "Sky" ("heavens") has a double meaning, since it can mean "heavens" (that also means sky) as in English, but also for beyond, of which means beyond the sky of Earth and from the stars.

But for the religious people and the way it has been translated for so many Eons, it has a "narrow" view due to religious people that translate it to their beleif systems.

Basically, I can see it as, I am an Alien, we have come to teach you love an compassion, so as a WHOLE, the Whole world, to become one, so you can acheive what as a Whole of a race (humanity), instead of bickering for small things. Become one, so you can overcome the dispersity of rich areas - poor areas, and reach for the stars and find us and others.
That is my take anyway. It is open to interpretation, since we are all individuals. :-)

Now, why has the Vatican "recently" ruled? What took them so long to let people know that there are other lifeforms?
Anyway, all is good.

Now back to the subject.

It is Alien, and I am sticking with it, even if it is from Earth!
Why are our "Biological" clocks set to Mars revolutions instead of Earth?


By Aries1470 on 3/8/2011 7:22:29 PM , Rating: 2
In the preview screen the Ancient Greek showed ok, after posting (parsing), it became unreadable.
Oh well, you know the location, have a look at the other site, then the one I posted the link to, and you will notice the few extra words.


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