News Flash -NASA Scientist: “Solid Evidence of ET Fossil Life in Meteorite Fragment”

376545main_RBH_ICE_CAVE_P2130613_226x170 An award-winning NASA scientist, Richard B. Hoover, Astrobiology Group Leader at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, claims that he found tiny fossils of alien life in the remnants of a meteorite has stirred both excitement and skepticism in the world astrobiology community, and is being closely reviewed by 100 experts.

Hoover claims to have found fossilized bacteria that appear similar to bacteria found on earth – like Titanospirillum velox, below from meteorites known as CI1 carbonaceous chondrites – of which only nine are known to exist on earth.

Hoover has analyzed meteorites and microbial extremophiles from Antarctica; novel bacteria from the glaciers and permafrost of Antarctica, Patagonia, Siberia and Alaska, and from haloalkaline lakes, geysers and volcanoes of California, Alaska, Crete and Hawaii. He has also discovered three new species of bacteria from Mono Lake in California — Spirochaeta americana, Desulfonatronum thiodismutans and Tindallia californiensis — and another, Carnobacterium pleistocenium, which survived for 32,000 years in a frozen Alaskan pond (see more below).

Hoover is the author or editor of 33 books and some 250 papers on astrobiology, extremophiles, diatoms, solar physics, X-ray/EUV optics and meteorites. He co-directed the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Astrobiology in Crete, for which he published the book "Perspectives in Astrobiology" in 2005.

Hoover's paper, along with pictures of the microscopic earthworm-like creatures, were published late Friday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Cosmology, which is available free online. Hoover sliced open fragments of several types of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, which can contain relatively high levels of water and organic materials, and looked inside with a powerful microscope.

Article-0-0D7C1B29000005DC-670_468x359 He found bacteria-like creatures that he calls "indigenous fossils," which he believes originated beyond Earth and were not introduced here after the meteorites landed.

"He concludes these fossilized bacteria are not Earthly contaminants but are the fossilized remains of living organisms which lived in the parent bodies of these meteors, e.g. comets, moons, and other astral bodies," said the study.

"The implications are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets."

Studies that suggest alien microbes can be contained in meteorites are not new, and have drawn hefty debate over how such life could survive in space and how and where life may have originated in the universe.

The journal's editor in chief, Rudy Schild of the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian, said Hoover is a "highly respected scientist and astrobiologist with a prestigious record of accomplishment at NASA."

"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," he said.

Thumb-ancient_bacteria Hoover and his team also recently discovered a new bacterium called Carnobacterium pleistocenium (left), an anaerobic bacteria, which grow on sugars and proteins in the absence of oxygen, at the U.S. Army’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory tunnel north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The tunnel was created in the 1960s to allow scientists to study permafrost as part of the preparation for building the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline.

Hoover’s bacteria not only survive at low temperatures, but can be frozen for long periods before being revived. The bacteria in the team’s samples had actually frozen near the end of the Pleistocene Age, making them tens of thousands of years old. The implications for life in other extreme environments are fascinating!

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