This has been a big couple of years for “UFOs.” Polling says that 33% of Americans believe that intelligent alien life forms have visited our humble planet in visible spacecraft.
However, if you ask people if they believe that microbial life forms (bateria, viruses, diatomaceous plankton, tardigrades and the like) are raining more or less constantly into the atmosphere from beyond — you will no doubt get blank stares from 100%.
It is more widely believed that people’s bodies are probed in their bedrooms by extraterrestrials, than little ET’s by the trillions might waft through your open windows.
This situation is particularly frustrating in light of the stupefying recent confirmation for the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe’s theory of “Panspermia.” It is clear life is of and from “space”.
Ten times in five years Russian Cosmonauts have swiped the outside of the ISS’ windows and confirmed a thin veneer of biological scum. See the paper below from T.V. Gebennikova et al, who apparently had direct access to the sensitive cosmic materials.
Yep. We have already found life in space. And the first find is indistinguishable from the well-known ubiquitous microbes that inhabitant our bodies by the trillions.
(I pester you about Chandra on a weekly basis. He is the guy who published 75 papers in Nature with Sir Fred Hoyle in the 70’s and 80’s predicting that evidence for ubiquitous microbes in cosmic dust would ultimately be found)
This discovery and confirmation of microbial life in space is so shockingly self-evident, timid theorists can only attribute to the little buggers an unidentified ability to lift themselves from the ocean 400 km into space. (Which begs an incorrect, but also heretical question, why hasn’t earth long since seeded space with life?)
The idea that undiscovered mechanisms lift life into space is clearly an awkward effort to adhere to Aristotle’s persistent belief that all life emerged on earth, a narcissistic proposition on a par with his insistence the sun revolves around the earth.
But both the published papers on the ISS discovery of life, do leave the door open to the correct alternative:
….the wild land and marine bacteria as well as the ISS bacteria may all have an ultimate space origin.
……The data presented in Table 2 demonstrates that the DNA of terrestrial microorganisms on the surface of the ISS is not an accidental fact. The presence of the sought for DNA in the dust samples points to an undefined process allowing the particles of biological material to be transported to the ionosphere or, alternatively, to the idea that common terrestrial bacteria are constantly being resupplied from space
……Due to the importance of the results showing the presence of wild bacterial DNA in cosmic dust, we repeated the collection of cosmic dust on the ISS surface many times during several years (2013–2016). Summarized results of bacterial DNA detection in the samples of cosmic dust are shown in Box 1. During the experiments in open space during 2013–2016, more than ten probes of cosmic dust were collected.