Astrobiologist - ET life is here

By Ted Bonnitt on February 19th, 2014
Astrobiologist - ET life is here
Earth tardigrades can survive the vacuum of outer space. Credit: caldiptera
Earth tardigrades can survive the vacuum of outer space. Credit: caldiptera

A former NASA astrobiologist claims that ET life exists and has landed on earth more than once.

Richard B. Hoover, who established the Astrobiology Research Group at Huntsville, Alabama's NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in 1997 and is currently at nearby Athens State University, presented his findings at last week’s International UFO Congress (IUFOC) in Phoenix, AZ.

Hoover has led an Indiana Jones-like lifestyle, traveling to the farthest reaches of the planet, sometimes with famous NASA astronauts, to repel into glacial cravasses and probe into 40,000 year old frozen mammoths to find life in the most challenging places.

In his presentation to the IUFOC, Hoover provided what he considers validation that ET life has fallen to Earth in the form of biomolecules and microfossils by riding on carbonaceous meteorites.

Such claims have been disputed by the scientific establishment, with the explanation that microbial life on earth contaminated the meteorites after they landed on Earth.

Richard Hoover says ET life has landed on meteorites.

Hoover told UFOGrid that there is a simple explanation to prove that life was on the rocks before they entered Earth’s atmosphere.  

The clue is nitrogen.

Nitrogen is present in all life, and it takes millions of years for the chemical to dissipate from decaying biologiocal forms. However, the fossils found on meteorites contained no nitrogen, indicating that they had died long before they landed on Earth.

Hoover cited the Orgueil meteorite that fell into the atmosphere on May 14, 1847, in southern France as an example of this phenomenon. About 20 stones showered across several square miles. The specimens were studied that year by François Stanislaus Clöez, a Chemistry professor at the France’s Museum of Natural History, who stated that he found organic matter in the rock, including carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

The findings were disputed from the beginning, with claims that Earth based organic materials had contaminated the specimens after they had entered Earth’s atmosphere. The controversy continues over 150 years later years later, with NASA distancing themselves from their former employee, Hoover, and his findings.

Hoover remains undaunted by the science establishment’s doubt. He has travelled the world, digging for extremophiles, life forms that are highly resilient to extreme environments and even immune to the lethal conditions of outer space. 

He points to tardigrades, water-dwelling, micro animals, known as water bears that can survive near absolute freezing temperatures to well above water’s boiling point and in the unforgiving vacuum and radiation of outer space. Tardigrades are six times stronger than the crushing atmospheric pressure found in the ocean’s deepest trenches. The ancient creatures, first discovered in 1773, can live without food or water for decades and dehydrate to a mere 3% of body water content before rehydrating and reproducing. 

In other words, these creatures are built to planet hop. The same ability applies to other, more basic forms of hardy bacteria.

Hoover points to an abundance of water found on Mars and on the moons of Earth and the outer planets as potential breeding gounds for ET life.

Hoover told UFOGrid that he is at a loss as to why ET facts of life remain so challenging to NASA and the greater science establishment.

“I am not claiming evidence of little green men, but rather of little green and blue algae.”

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