Scientists in the UK are somewhat baffled by a tiny, circular object that they’ve been examining. It’s microscopic, no bigger than the width of a human hair.
The UK’s University of Buckingham reports that the small metal globe was discovered by Milton Wainwright, an astrobiologist, in dust gathered by a balloon in the Earth’s stratosphere, high over the surface of our planet.
“It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre,” says Wainwright, a Nobel Prize Winner.
“One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life,” Wainwright hypothesizes.
“This seeming piece of science fiction — called ‘directed panspermia’ — would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Francis Crick,” said Wainwright.
Panspermia is the theory that life spreads through the galaxy, and possibly the whole universe, hitching rides on comets and meteorites. It was first suggested by Crick, a molecular biologist, who co-discovered the structure of DNA. In a scientific paper about panspermia, he wrote:
It now seems unlikely that extraterrestrial living organisms could have reached the Earth either as spores driven by the radiation pressure from another star or as living organisms imbedded in a meteorite. As an alternative to these nineteenth-century mechanisms, we have considered Directed Panspermia, the theory that organisms were deliberately transmitted to the Earth by intelligent beings on another planet.
We conclude that it is possible that life reached the Earth in this way, but that the scientific evidence is inadequate at the present time to say anything about the probability. We draw attention to the kinds of evidence that might throw additional light on the topic.
Wainwright launched these stratosphere balloons almost 17 miles up above the surface of the Earth. The discovered a small crash mark where the circular object landed in the balloon.
“On hitting the stratosphere sampler, the sphere made an impact crater, a minute version of the huge impact crater on Earth caused by the asteroid said to have killed off the dinosaurs,” Wainwright said.
Of course, Wainwright and his team have a long way to go before this alien space seed idea can be accepted by modern science.
“Unless, of course, we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it in this respect, it is probably an unprovable theory,” Wainwright conceded.
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