It was 11 October 1978, 40 years ago next year, that Patrick Moore interviewed Sir Fred Hoyle and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe on the hypothesis that “Life is a Cosmic Phenomenon”.
Since that time experiment after experiment, have accumulated evidence consistent with the hypothesis; and today in 2017, Panspermia remains the “best” model for life in space.
Truly mainstream science is on a 40 year scientific journey – a “Convergence to Panspermia” .
O’ the irony!
Having already spread billions of dessicated viruses and bacteria on the surface of Mars over so many missions, we now announced that
“We may need to put men on Mars before we can really rule out life on the Red Planet once and for all”.
So we arrive as biosystems of billions of cells the majority of which are not human BUT viruses and bacteria. But we will have no idea which are ours and came with us versus which were already on Mars.
We need to accept that “Life IS a Cosmic Phenomenon”.
I think this is the best reference to the latest news from Russia:
Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe
Astrobiology website: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/research/bcab
Personal website: www.profchandra.org
ISPA website: www.ispajapan.com
“Russians scientists have started testing dust samples taken from the outer surface of the International Space Station (ISS) to confirm the results of earlier tests that suggested that micrometeorites and comet dust bombarding the ISS in low Earth orbit could contain alien or extraterrestrial life forms”.
“The ISS surface is possibly a unique and easily available collector… of biomaterial of extra-terrestrial origin.”
Meanwhile, the British astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, of the University of Buckingham, has hailed the Russian study as potentially the “most significant development of the century” that could revolutionize our understanding of life on Earth and in space.
“We are closer now than ever before to acknowledging that extraterrestrial life forms exist, it is a very exciting development,” he added, according to Express. “For years people have tried to debunk theories of life on other planets, very soon they will simply not be able to do this.”
The Published Paper
Microbes live in vacuum of space. But how?
Taken from their abstract : The analysis showed the presence of viable microorganisms on the outer surface of the ISS International Space Station.
With the planning well underway for the “Search for Life” Missions by NASA and ESA (Saturn/Enceladus; Jupiter/Europa), scientists deliver a New Method and Mass-Spectrometric Instrument for Extraterrestrial Microbial Life Detection Using the Elemental Composition Analyses of Martian Regolith and Permafrost/Ice.
“The instrument can be used to analyze the elemental composition of possible extraterrestrial microbial communities and compare it to that of terrestrial microorganisms”.
The developed technique can be used to search for and identify microorganisms in different martian samples and in the subsurface of other planets, satellites, comets, and asteroids—in particular, Europa, Ganymede, and Enceladus.
We are excited that further confirmation of the Hoyle-Wickramasnghe Model of Panspermia will be able to be tested against experiments on these remote objects.
Remember as Popper always reminded us, a scientific hypothesis must be capable of being falsified. Surely the only way this hypothesis would be falsified would be that no microbes or nano-microbes are found on any of these bodies.
The experiments on Comet 67P are consistent with life, but we have yet to “see” this life and try to sequence its DNA.
We now understand man himself is a cloud of micro-organisms – a veritable biosystem. We know that most cells in this biosystem are not human. And even the one’s that are, have undergone extensive viral symbiosis. Finding virus clouds in the waters of Mars, Enceladus or Europa is predicted under the H-W Panspermia Model.
PS : Sir Fred Hoyles great 1959 work of science fiction, the Black Cloud, was indeed visionary.
Wickramasinghe – Hoyle theories vindicated – By: Piyavi Wijewardene
Prof. Wickramasinghe told me: “…This new discovery combined with very many others that have come to light over the past two decades establishes beyond doubt that life on Earth came from space and still continues to do so. We are well and truly creatures of the cosmos. A major paradigm shift that has been resisted for too long must finally be conceded…”
If the claim that bacteria are constantly falling to Earth from space holds up, this will be an enormous scientific advance that will revolutionise our entire view of life and the universe. Only time will tell.
PS In May 2016, the Rosetta Mission team reported the presence of glycine, methylamine and ethylamine in the coma of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This, plus the detection of phosphorus, is consistent with the hypothesis that comets played a crucial role in the emergence of life on Earth.
It is also consistent with the Theory of Cometary Panspermia that life came to Earth inside watery comets.
– Piyavi Wijewardene, Researcher – Academy For Global Business Advancement.