Either a meteor covered in fossilised alien algae hit Sri Lanka in December, or some people will believe anything
When it comes to exploration and extra-terrestrial life, one of our biggest hindrances is how to investigate extra-terrestrial objects without risking contamination with Earthly matter. A perfect example is the presence of perchlorates (naturally occurring salts) in soil samples taken from Viking 1, a Mars vehicle, which landed on the Red Planet in 1976. This led scientists to believe that soil samples were contaminated, and voided the possibility of life on Mars. Three decades on, in 2008, the same chemicals were found in a completely uncontaminated sample taken by another Mars rover named Phoenix, spurring scientists to reassess their original findings.
In December of last year, a meteor shower occurred over Sri Lanka. Remains of one of the meteorites, which were apparently discovered near the village of Polonnaruwa, were sent to a laboratory to be studied. The Journal of Cosmology (a relatively fringey strain of online Science Journal) published a detailed paper on the findings earlier this month, entitled: “Fossil diatoms in a new carbonaceous meteorite”. The leading writer of this paper, Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, is head of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham. He and his colleagues wrote that their findings “could be construed as unequivocal proof of [extra-terrestrial] biology.” READ MORE