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.”
Russian officials claim scientists with their space agency have discovered microbes in dust samples collected by cosmonauts from outside a window on their space station module.
Photo by NASA/UPI
The discovery of alien life would be revolutionary. But what if we uncovered it on two—or even seven—planets all orbiting the same star?
“In a single planetary system, like TRAPPIST-1, the interchange of bacterial life is almost inevitable,” says the University of Buckingham’s Chandra Wickramasinghe.
Letter to the Editor of The Times
LONDON, 27 February 2017 .
Sir, The recent report of Winston Churchill’s unpublished essay News, Feb 16. 2017), in which he argues that planets outside the solar system are likely to be inhabited, came days before Nasa’s announcement of the discovery of seven Earth-like planets
39 light years away orbiting the star Trappist-l (News, Feb 23).
The two announcements have a rare consonance. If life does indeed
exist on a multiplicity of planets, it would mean either that life starts
everywhere de novo with ease or it spreads from a single unknown
starting point. In view of the continued failure of science to demonstrate that life can start spontaneously in a planetary
environment, the more likely option is the latter — one proposed and developed by the late Sir Fred Hoyle and myself over the past four decades.
Microbial life from which all other life derives is transported with
comparative ease and spreads across the galaxy like an infection.
Churchill’s conjecture would then be verified.
PROFESSOR CHANDRA WICKRAMASINGHE
Director, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology,
University of Buckingham
The dawn of 2017 is set to usher in a suite of socio-political changes of unprecedented moment – in the US, UK, Europe and the wider world. A long overdue paradigm shift in astrobiology may overshadow them all. We are aliens.
Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV)
Students, academics and researchers came to the Hall of Honor of the PUCV to participate in a meeting with the noted astronomer and astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe and renowned astrophysicist internationally Jayant Narlikar, at which time both eminences attended doubts and shared details and anecdotes about their careers.
Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is co-author of the theory of panspermia, which suggests that life on Earth may have originated abroad, reaching the first molecules to the planet via meteorites or comets.
India’s first Astrobiology Conference Life in Space – was organised in the city of MUMBAI by the Indian Astrobiology Research Centre and IARC Centre for United Nations in collaboration with Nehru Science Centre.
Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe from Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK delivered the first Arthur C Clarke memorial lecture, based on his four decades long quest for extraterrestrial life.
In particular his lecture reviewed his lifelong efforts to test the Panspermia Theory. In 2016 this remains the most likely hypothesis for the spreading of life across the galaxy.
As humans review the wonderful data from the recent ESA visit to Comet 67P, and as we prepare to visit Mars and moons of Jupiter and Saturn, evidence converges to Panspermia as still the most likely explanation on the spread of viruses, bacteria, algae etc across the Milky Way.
The theory of panspermia hypothesizes that life did not originate on Earth but was delivered to Earth from some other part of the galaxy or even from another part of the universe.
On this occasion, a new fund called, “Chandra Wickramasinghe Fund for Panspermia Research” was announced. This fund will encourage astrobiology research amongst students in India.