Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Claim of Alien Life on Comet Blows Up

Claim of Alien Life on Comet Blows Up

Scientists Shoot Down Claim That Alien Life May Be on Comet

By Justin Worland

The findings did not hold up to scientific scrutiny

      Scientists have picked holes in a widely-reported presentation by researchers claiming microbial life may exist on the comet now home to the Philae lander.

The claim originated in a presentation before the Royal Astronomical Society, in which researchers said the makeup of the comet, 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, suggested the presence of living organisms. The scientists argued that data from Rosetta, the European Space Agency probe orbiting the comet, showed the capacity for micro-organisms to eke out life beneath the comet’s black crust.

But the findings did not hold up to scientific scrutiny. . . .

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