A team of Uk scientists believe that they’ve discovered organisms in earth’s atmosphere that originally come from space.
As difficult as that may be to judge, Professor Milton Wainwright, the team’s boss, insists that this is definitely the case.
The team, out of the University of Sheffield, discovered the little organisms (misleadingly referred to as ‘bugs’ by a great deal of demanding journalists) living on a research balloon that had been sent 16.7 miles into our atmosphere during last month’s Perseids meteor shower.
Reported by Professor Wainwright, the minuscule creatures couldn’t have been passed into the stratosphere with the balloon. He said, “Most people will presume that those biological particles must have just drifted up to the stratosphere from Earth, but it is generally accepted that a particle of the volume found can’t be lifted from Earth to heights of, as an example, 27km. Really the only identified exemption is by a violent volcanic explosion, none of these occurred within 3 years of the sampling trip.”
Wainwright maintains that the only most important conclusion is that the organisms originated from space. He went on to mention that “life just isn’t restricted to the planet also it almost definitely didn’t originally come here”
However, not everyone is so persuaded. Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) project said, “I’m very skeptical. This claim may be made beforehand, and dismissed as terrestrial contamination.” The team responds to that by saying that they were thorough when they prepared the balloon before the experiments begun.
Though, they would acknowledge that there could be an strange reason for these organisms to reach such altitudes. It should also be renowned that microbal organisms discovered within the 1980’s and 1990’s and named ‘extremophiles’ stunned the scientific community by living in environments that might immediately kill the majority of life on earth.
These creatures have always been observed living deep under Antarctic ice or even 1900 feet below the sea floor. In March of that year, Ronnie Glud, a biogeochemist at the Southern Danish Uni in Odense, Denmark was quoted as saying “In the most secluded, unfriendly places, you are able to actually have higher activity than their surroundings,” which “Yow will discover microbes all over the place – they are exceptionally compliant to conditions, and stay alive where they are,” so it seems more plausible that any the team is in error, or that this is solely one more case of microscopic life showing up in an strange place.
Moreover, it isn’t the first time this unique team has come under fire for stating such statements, either. Back in January of this year, astrobiologist Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe reported that ‘fossils’ found from a Sri Lankan meteorite were testimony of extraterrestrial life, an assertion that’s extensively criticized by scientific community.
Other scientists have complained that there frankly is not enough evidence to make a great claim, as the theory this vital would need a huge body of evidence to confirm its validity.
What that says to the reporter is that microbes can live basically anyplace and that it simply is not good science to leap to wild conclusions like aliens each time a more plausible answer is most likely present. Science shouldn’t be subject to such wild leaps of elaborate. Imagination is a great aid to science, it also isn’t a science in and of by itself. Sadly, Dr. Wainwright and his group seem to be seeing exactly what they want to observe.
Life found in our upper environment, maybe it"s from outer space?