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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
time.com
7-7-15

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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Philae Comet Could Be Home to Microbial Alien Life

Philae Comet Could Be Home to Microbial Alien Life

By www.theguardian.com
time.com
7-5-15

Astronomers say features of comet landed on by spacecraft in November, such as black crust and icy lakes, suggest living micro-organisms beneath surface

     The comet landed on by the spacecraft Philae could well be home to an abundance of alien microbial life, according to leading astronomers.

Features of the comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, such as its organic-rich black crust, are most likely explained by the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface, the scientists have said.

Rosetta, the European spacecraft orbiting the comet, is also said to have picked up strange clusters of organic material that resemble viral particles. . . .

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