A team of astrobiologists say they have amassed enough evidence to prove life exists outside of planet Earth. Â This isn’t the first time the group has made such claims. However, on the tail of the alleged discovery of plankton on the International Space Station (ISS), they are now saying their evidence supports the possibility of this claim, and that their research continues to produce more evidence to support the existence of life in space.
The UK newspaper the Daily Express recently interviewed Professor Milton Wainwright, who is part of a team of scientists from the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology. He shared an image with the Daily Express that he says is proof of alien life.
The image is of a “biological entity” that was retrieved from the stratosphere. Wainwright says, “The photo shows a structure colloquially called âthe dragon particleâ which scientific analysis shows is made of carbon and oxygen and is therefore not a piece of cosmic or volcanic dust.”
He continued, âThis is clearly a biology entity (about 10micron in size), although it is unclear whether it is part of a single organism or is made up of smaller, individual microbes.”
The samples were collected last year via a balloon that was sent into the stratosphere during the Perseid meteor shower. Once in the stratosphere, sterile slides were exposed capturing small biological organisms that the scientists believe could have only come from space.
Last year, after the team working with Wainwright presented some of their findings at an astrobiology conference in San Diego, his colleague, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of the University of Sheffield, told the Daily Mail, âBiological entities of this nature have not previously been reported occurring in the stratosphere.â
Skeptics say that the biological samples could have somehow made their way from Earth’s surface into the stratosphere. At the time of their discovery, Wickramasinghe argued that this was physically impossible. However, Wainwright gave the Daily Express other reasons why this is not likely.
âWhat is amazing is that these organisms appear on the sampling stubs in an absolutely pristine condition,” says Wainwright. He continued, âThere is no pollen, grass or pollution particles found with them, or for that matter soil or volcanic dust.”
Given these findings, Wainwright argues, âUnless a means of lifting them from Earth exists which selectively sieves them out from other Earth-derived debris then they must be incoming from space.”
Furthermore, Wainwright says, â[The dragon particle] is certainly unusual and seems to be like nothing found on Earth.”
When Russian scientists announced the discovery of plankton on the ISS, there were similar suspicions that it could have been Earth based bacteria. However, Wainwright says, âThe ISS is more than 200 miles from Earth, there is no way that anything of this size can get to that height from Earth.”
He says, âIt is an amazing discovery and the evidence is overwhelming that these organisms have originated from outer space.”
According to Wainwright, âThe only explanation is that they have come from elsewhere in space, and this supports long-held theories that plankton, and therefore all life on Earth including humans, originated from organisms in space.â
Wickramasinghe is credited as being one of the co-developers of the theory of panspermia. This is the idea that life is abundant throughout the universe and is spread from planet to planet by meteors, comets, and asteroids. Wainwright agrees, and says, âThe evidence points towards theories that complex living organisms are falling from the skies to Earth.”
Although many in the scientific community have been wary of the work done by the astrobioligists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham, Wainwright says, âThere is growing evidence that says this DNA comes from space and it is carried into our atmosphere on micro-meteorites before dissipating.”
Earlier this year, astrobiologist Richard Hoover, who spent more than forty six years working with NASA, established the Astrobiology Research Group at the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, and Â was a visiting research professor with the Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham, told audiences at the International UFO Congress he also feels evidence of extraterrestrial life is abundant.
In an Open Minds interview conducted by Huffington Post writer Lee Speigel, he said âI am absolutely convinced that life is not restricted to the planet Earth because I have found the remains of lifeforms that are absolutely, conclusively extraterrestrial.â
As the evidence grows, perhaps we are on the cusp of proving that life is abundant in space and panspermia is how life is distributed thought the universe. Wainwright says, “If our findings are true they will forever alter our view of life and particularly evolution on Earth and we will need to rewrite our biology textbooks.”
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