08 Mar '11, 1am

Nasa scientists have dismissed a colleague's claim that alien microbes were found in meteorites on Earth

Nasa scientists have dismissed a colleague's claim that alien microbes were found in meteorites on Earth

A giant bacterium Titanospirillum velox is seen in a microscopic image released to Reuters in comparison to meteorite filaments in a study published by The Journal of Cosmology. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON - TOP Nasa scientists said Monday there was no scientific evidence to support a colleague's claim that fossils of alien microbes born in outer space had been found in meteorites on Earth. The US space agency formally distanced itself from the paper by Nasa scientist Richard Hoover, whose findings were published on Friday in the peer-reviewed Journal of Cosmology, which is available free online. 'That is a claim that Mr Hoover has been making for some years,' said Carl Pilcher, director of Nasa's Astrobiology Institute. 'I am not aware of any support from other meteorite researchers for this rather extraordinary claim that this evidence of microbes was present in the met...

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