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Has NASA scientist found evidence of alien life?

Aliens exist, and we have proof.That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life," fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.)

Hoover's findings published late Friday night ( March 4) in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, 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, told in an interview. "This field of study has just barely been touched, because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible."

Micro-organisms found on our own planet.

Hoover discovered the fossils by breaking apart the CI1 meteorite, and analysing the exposed rock with a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope, which allowed him to detect any fossil remains. What he found were fossils of micro-organisms, many of which he says are strikingly similar to those found on our own planet.

Fossils of micro-organisms found in the meteorite.

."The exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognisable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on the Earth," said Hoover. Some of the fossils, however, are quite odd. "There are some that are just very strange and do not look like anything that we have been able to identify, and I have shown them to many other experts that have also come up stump".

In order to satisfy the inevitable hoard of buzz-killing sceptics, Hoover's study and evidence were made available to his peers in the scientific community in advance of the study's publications, giving them a chance to thoroughly dissect his findings.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 analyse an important research paper before it is published.

"Needless to say, if Hoover's conclusions are found to be accurate, the implications for human life will be staggering." While the Journal of Cosmology says, "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 finding Astrobiologist Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., used scanning electron microscopes to analyse slices of carbonaceous meteorites that fell to Earth from space.Based on the appearance of "filaments" and other features that resemble microbes, Hoover argues that the meteorites contain fossilized life in the form of cyanobacteria " single-celled organisms also known as blue-green algae. He supports this claim by presenting evidence of chemical compounds present in the meteorites that are consistent with a biological origin.

Hoover writes that "the size, structure, detailed morphological characteristics and chemical compositions of the meteorite filaments are not consistent with known species of minerals," and that they must be evidence of single-celled life in the rocks.

."Because this would be a very important result if true, scientists are going to do what they should do: be sceptical," said astronomer Seth Shostak of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, Calif.


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