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'Metal sphere' discovered in the stratosphere

February 14, 2015 | Comment icon 41 comments



Did life on Earth originate on another planet ? Image Credit: NASA / Paul A. Newman
A controversial new claim suggests that evidence of 'directed panspermia' has been found by scientists.
Astrobiologist Milton Wainwright and his team are no strangers to controversy having previously announced the discovery of what they believe to be evidence of extraterrestrial life in samples retrieved from high up in the stratosphere of our own planet.

Now the researchers are back with a new theory suggesting that a microscopic metal sphere also found in the stratosphere represents evidence that an advanced extraterrestrial race deliberately seeded the Earth with life at some point in the distant past.

Known as directed panspermia, the theory implies that life on our planet was neither an accident nor a natural process but instead a direct result of intervention from another world.
The main basis of the claim, the tiny metal sphere found in the samples, is described as having "filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre."

"One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life," said Wainright. "This seeming piece of science fiction - called 'directed panspermia' - would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Francis Crick."

Even Wainright himself however admits that this evidence alone is never going to be enough.

"Unless, of course, we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it in this respect, it is probably an unprovable theory," he said.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (41)


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Comment icon #32 Posted by samus 7 years ago
Some people use hypothesis and theory, interchangeably. An hypothesis is speculative, but testable. That doesn't mean it's going to be proven correct. There are strong indications that panspermia may be more than speculative. For exemple, a team of scientists has recently proven that a form of terrestrial algea, named Nannochloropsis oculata can in fact survive the hardcore physical strains of outerspace. See the link I posted above. That begs the question, can microbial lifeforms possibly travel from one world to another, seeding planets when the conditions are right, taking asteroids as vess... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Derek Willis 7 years ago
It was widely reported that when the Apollo 12 astronauts brought back the camera from Surveyor 3, which had landed on the Moon three years previously, bacteria was found. Some people claimed the bacteria was streptococcus from Earth, and others that it was "alien". Both claims were used to support the panspermia hypothesis. However, it now seems that the camera was actually contaminated after it was brought back from the Moon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reports_of_Streptococcus_mitis_on_the_Moon
Comment icon #34 Posted by DONTEATUS 7 years ago
Dont they have special Black Lights to Look for that "panspermia" ? Bets theres billions of start out there that have life ! STARS ! These Silly keys keep changing places !
Comment icon #35 Posted by ChaosRose 7 years ago
There are strong indications that panspermia may be more than speculative. For exemple, a team of scientists has recently proven that a form of terrestrial algea, named Nannochloropsis oculata can in fact survive the hardcore physical strains of outerspace. See the link I posted above. That begs the question, can microbial lifeforms possibly travel from one world to another, seeding planets when the conditions are right, taking asteroids as vessels? I am not speaking necesserely here of directed panspermia by Alien beings, but as a natural, perhaps even random process. I don't think so, we are... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by ChaosRose 7 years ago
Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe (born 20 January 1939) is a Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, astronomer[1] and astrobiologist. He is currently Professor and Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, a post he has held since 2011.[2] Wickramasinghe and his mentor Fred Hoyle have also used their data to argue in favor of cosmic ancestry,[59][60][61][62][63][64] and against the idea of life emerging from inanimate objects by evolution.[65] “ Once again the Universe gives the appearance of being biologically constructed, and on this occasion on a truly ... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by samus 7 years ago
This team of scientists does in fact include people who have been on the side of Creationists in court. Chandra Wickramasinghe does not endorse religious creationism in any way, if that's what you are suggesting. He was called as an expert witness to share his doubts on Neo-Darwinian Evolution. Does one has to be a stauch supporter of Neo-Darwinism in order to be a scientist and share his opinions? That he was called to the bar by the religious creationists and willing to speak his mind only shows that he isn't ideologically-driven when it comes to scientific issues. On March 19, 1981, the Gov... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by kartikg 7 years ago
Some people use hypothesis and theory, interchangeably. An hypothesis is speculative, but testable. That doesn't mean it's going to be proven correct. I already stated that what these particular people are after is really origins. They're just targeting Darwin because they hate him and it's easy. He's dead. They do tend to side with Creationists, even in court. And they are not beyond hoax or subterfuge. I don't see how panspermia proves creation theory. Life had to still originated somewhere arrived to earth and evolved here, unless ofcourse all those dinosaurs, sharks and fish came in one hu... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by SolarPlexus 7 years ago
Awesome news ! and intriguing!
Comment icon #40 Posted by DONTEATUS 7 years ago
Call me when they figure out that Chocolate has anything to do with "Panspermia"
Comment icon #41 Posted by SolarPlexus 7 years ago
Haha


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