You probably won’t see this bit of news on the mainstream media tonight, and if you do the anchors will be mocking the scientists and laughing at them. But it looks like a group of British scientists have discovered organisms in high Earth orbit that aren’t from this world. Even bigger, they found DNA.
The report comes from the Independent in the UK:
The team believes that the entities are coming from comets, which are big balls of ice shooting through space. The samples were collected during a meteorite shower from a comet. As they hit the earth’s atmosphere, the comets melt – ablate, to give it a technical term – releasing the organisms as they break down.
“The particles are very clean,” added Prof Wainwright. “They don’t have any dust attached to them, which again suggests they’re not coming to earth. Similarly, cosmic dust isn’t stuck to them, so we think they came from an aquatic environment, and the most obvious aquatic environment in space is a comet.
“They’re very unusual beasts, not your normal kind of life from earth.”
The organisms are probably not alive, but, excitingly, probably do contain DNA. Similar ones harvested during an earlier experiment have contained the chemical, which is one of the fundamental building blocks of life on earth.
Lets just not try to grow one in a lab, ok?