July 26, 2011 - A photograph taken via a scanning electron microscope of a CI1 meteorite (appropriate) is similar in dimensions and total construction to the giant bacterium Titanospirillum velox (left), an organism found the following on world Earth, a NASA
We are not on your own in the universe -- and alien life kinds may possibly have a whole lot more in widespread with life on Earth
than we had previously thought.
That is the gorgeous conclusion one NASA
scientist has arrive to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology.
Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has traveled to remote locations in Antarctica, Siberia, and Alaska, among other individuals, for over 10 years now, collecting and studying meteorites. He gave FoxNews.com early accessibility to the out-of-this-world research, published late Friday night in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology. In it, Hoover
describes the most up-to-date findings in his research of an very unusual class of meteorites, known as CI1 carbonaceous chondrites -- only 9 this kind of meteorites are acknowledged to exist on Earth.
Though it may be difficult to swallow, Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life in this kind of meteorites, the continues to be of dwelling organisms from their parent bodies -- comets, moons and other astral bodies. By extension, the findings propose we are not alone in the universe, he stated.
“I interpret it as indicating that life is much more broadly distributed than limited strictly to the planet earth,” Hoover advised FoxNews.com. “This field of study has just scarcely been touched -- simply because quite frankly, a excellent numerous scientist would say that this is impossible.”
In what he phone calls “a extremely simple process,” Dr. Hoover fractured the meteorite stones under a sterile environment prior to analyzing the freshly broken surface with the regular resources of the scientist: a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope, which authorized him to search the stone’s floor for evidence of fossilized stays.
He found the fossilized continues to be of micro-organisms not so diverse from common kinds identified underfoot -- below on earth, that is.
“The exciting issue is that they are in many situations recognizable and can be associated really closely with the generic species right here on earth,” Hoover told FoxNews.com. But not all of them. “There are some that are just quite peculiar and don’t look like nearly anything that I’ve been able to determine, and I’ve proven them to many other specialists that have also occur up stumped.”
inform FoxNews.com the implications of this research are stunning, describing the findings variously as profound, extremely critical and extraordinary. But Dr.