Possible alien life found on comet, scientists say

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This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 23 June 2015 from a distance of 197 km from the comet centre.

CARDIFF, Wales — Data from one comet “unequivocally” points to alien life, some scientists believe. The possible life-bearing comet was made famous by Philae, which became the first spacecraft to land on a comet in November 2014.

Shortly after landing, European Space Agency’s Philae went into a seven-month hibernation, but woke up in June.

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Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

Astronomer and Astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe and Dr. Max Wallis of Cardiff University believe alien life is on the comet that is 176.7 million miles from Earth.

“What we’re saying is that data coming from the comet seems to unequivocally, in my opinion, point to micro-organisms,” Wickramasinghe said, according to Sky News.

While Wickramasinghe’s “findings” are being reported by several mainstream media outlets. There are questions about his credibility. He has previously reported that he discovered life in space.

He has also suggested that the SARS virus came to Earth from space. Many scientists have not accepted his revolutionary discoveries as science.

“Five hundred years ago it was a struggle to have people accept that the Earth was not the centre of the universe. After that revolution our thinking has remained Earth-centred in relation to life and biology,” Wickramasinghe said.

Here’s the problem with proving his theory correct: Philae is not equipped to search for direct evidence of life. Wickramasinghe proposed detection equipment during the planning process to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko 15 years ago.

“I wanted to include a very inexpensive life-detection experiment. At the time it was thought this was a bizarre proposition,” Wickramasinghe said.

Is it still a bizarre proposition? Reaction on social media has been mixed:

In November Philae conducted experiments and sent data to Earth for about 60 hours before its batteries were depleted and it was forced to shut down its systems. But in June it woke up and sent about 300 packages of data to Earth via its mother ship Rosetta, which is orbiting the comet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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