NASA Disputes Claims of Alien Life in Meteorites

March 9th, 2011 at 3:59 am

NASA and its top scientists are disputing claims of a space agency researcher that he has found remnants of alien bacteria in meteorites that were collected several decades ago.

Richard Hoover of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, concludes that the fossils found in at least two meteorites appear to be remnants of bacteria that must have come from outer space. His research was published in the Journal of Cosmology.

However, other scientists do not seem to agree with Hoover and have criticized his study, his credentials, and the journal itself.

“The simplest explanation for Mr. Hoover’s measurements is that he’s measuring microbes from Earth,” said Carl Pilcher, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, adding that the meteorites are most likely contaminated with Earth-based microorganisms as it passed through the planet’s atmosphere.

Meanwhile, NASA issued a statement by Chief Scientist Paul Hertz, saying that Hoover’s claims have not gone through peer review or a more thorough examination by other qualified experts. NASA also said that Hoover planned on submitting this research on the International Journal of Astrobiology in 2007, but it failed to get published.

In the Journal of Cosmology’s website, editor-in-chief Rudy Schild of Harvard University referred to Hoover as “a highly respected scientist and astrobiologist with a prestigious record of accomplishment at NASA.”

Source: Boston Globe, photo via Reuters


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