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Expert finds ‘alien life in meteorite’

NASA scientist Dr Richard Hoover claims to have found life form, which may explain how life on earth started and what's more, he challenges anyone to come forth and disprove his claim.

world Updated: May 16, 2012 10:31 IST

Maybe this is what an alien really looks like — a worm-like bacteria.

NASA scientist Dr Richard Hoover claims to have found life form, which may explain how life on earth started and what's more, he challenges anyone to come forth and disprove his claim.

An astrobiologist with Nasa's Marshall Space Flight Center, Hoover explains that travelling to Antarctica, Siberia and Alaska he has studied an extremely rare form of meteorites — CI1 carbonaceous chondrites —of which only nine are known to exist on earth.

Under microscopes, these meteorites showed numerous different fossils of bacteria — some which are similar to ones on earth and others which are well, alien. According to him, life on earth could have been planted by bacteria in an asteroid hitting the planet in its infancy.

In one case he found on a meteorite an organism similar in size and overall structure to the giant bacterium Titanospirillum velox, an organism found on Earth.

“I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet earth,” he said.

“The exciting thing is that bacteria are in many cases recognisable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth,” he said.

He added, “There are some that are just very strange and don't look like anything that I've been able to identify.”

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