A team of Uk scientists believe that they’ve found organisms in earth’s environment that originate from space.
As difficult as that could be to trust, Professor Milton Wainwright, the team’s leader, insists that this is unquestionably the situation.
The team, from the University of Sheffield, discovered the tiny organisms (misleadingly known as ‘bugs’ by quite a lot of overeager journalists) living on a research balloon that was sent 16.7 miles into our environment throughout last month’s Perseids meteor shower.
In response to Professor Wainwright, the minuscule creatures could not have been carried into the stratosphere on the balloon. He said, “Most will presume that these biological particles have to have just drifted up into the stratosphere from Earth, but it is usually accepted that a particle of the size found cannot be lifted from Earth to heights of, for example, 27km. The one identified exemption is by a violent volcanic explosion, none of those occurred within 3 years of their sampling trip.”
Wainwright maintains that the only most important end is that organisms originated from space. He went on to mention that “life is not restricted to this planet and it nearly definitely didn’t originate here”
However, not everyone seems to be so persuaded. Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) project said, “I’m very skeptical. This claim has been made beforehand, and dismissed as terrestrial contamination.” The team responds to that by saying they were thorough when they readied the balloon before the experiments began.
Yet, they’d acknowledge that there could be an unidentified reason for these organisms to reach such altitudes. It must also be noted that microbal organisms discovered in the 1980’s and 1990’s and called ‘extremophiles’ stunned the scientific community by living in environments that might instantly kill the bulk of life on earth.
These creatures have always been observed living deep under Glacial ice and even 1900 feet below the sea floor. In March of this year, Ronnie Glud, a biogeochemist in the Southern Danish University in Odense, Denmark was quoted as saying “In the most remote, inhospitable areas, you are able to even have higher activity than their surroundings,” which “Yow will discover microbes everywhere – they’re enormously compliant to surroundings, and survive wherever they are,” so it seems more plausible that either the team is in error, or that this is just another case of microscopic life showing up in an unusual place.
Furthermore, it is not the 1st time this particular team has come under fire for stating such statements, either. Back in January of this year, astrobiologist Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe reported that ‘fossils’ found in a Sri Lankan meteorite were proof of extraterrestrial life, an assertion that is widely criticized by scientific community.
Other scientists have complained that there basically is not enough proof to generate this type of claim, as the theory this valuable would want a huge body of proof to confirm its validity.
What that says to the reporter is that microorganisms can survive almost anyplace which it simply isn’t good science to leap to wild conclusions like aliens each time a more plausible solution is most certainly present. Science shouldn’t be subject to such wild leaps of fancy. Imagination is a superb aid to science, but it really is not a science in and of by itself. Unfortunately, Dr. Wainwright and his group look to be seeing exactly what they need to see.