When most people hear the words “Alien Life”, they immediately think of ET, but in reality alien life means any life form that comes from someplace other than Earth. It could be a single cell organism, a spore or even bacteria. Scientists from the UK and Russia claim they have found alien life that they scraped off from the International Space Station.
Scrapings had been taken off the surface in 2010 and are now being reexamined by scientists, who claim the samples are similar to plankton or algae. This is significant because life is being found in space, where gravity, soil and water are a rare commodity.
The claims, which some scientists contend “prove” that life exists outside of our atmosphere, have been hailed as one, if not the “most significant scientific development of the century,” even if NASA has been cool to the idea.
Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, however, has insisted the findings were unlikely to have come from Earth, according to the U.K. Express, which published a story about the findings on Thursday.
“The micrometeorites and comet dust that settle on the ISS surface may contain biogenic substance of extraterrestrial origin in its natural form,” a Roscosmos spokesman said in a news release in May, according to Newsweek. “The ISS surface is possibly a unique and easily available collector and keeper of comet substance and, possibly, of biomaterial of extraterrestrial origin.”
Other space scientists have been encouraged by the discovery, saying that years of research has pointed in favor of the existence of alien life, and these claims simply further their evidence.
According to the Express, the researchers theorized that the particles could not have originated on Earth, citing the altitude at which the samples were taken and the lack of debris or other dust particles surrounding the discovery.
“We have to conclude that it came from space, and that there is indeed life in outer space, my sense is that it was probably carried on a comet,” Wainwright said.
However, one important space agency did not give any credence to the Russian claims when they were made in 2014 — NASA.
“As far as we’re concerned, we haven’t heard any official reports from our Roscosmos colleagues that they’ve found sea plankton,” NASA spokesman Dan Huot said, after the initial excitement three years ago, according to Space.com.