March 6, 2011

life on meteorites

Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, studied meteorites in remote areas over a period of ten years and concluded they show significant evidence of extraterrestrial bacterial life.

In what he calls “a very simple process,” Dr. Hoover fractured the meteorite stones under a sterile environment before examining the freshly broken surface with the standard tools of the scientist: a scanning-electron microscope and a field emission electron-scanning microscope, which allowed him to search the stone’s surface for evidence of fossilized remains.

He found the fossilized remains of micro-organisms not so different from ordinary ones found underfoot — here on earth, that is.

“The exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognizable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth,” Hoover told But not all of them. “There are some that are just very strange and don’t look like anything that I’ve been able to identify, and I’ve shown them to many other experts that have also come up stumped.”


  1. Marco on March 6th, 2011 at 10:24 am


  2. Daryl Scroggins on March 6th, 2011 at 11:36 am

    This is very interesting, Deron–thanks. I’m curious as to why Hoover gave the first early news of this to Maybe it’s a srategy to incite ideological auto-resistance as a means of stimulating other kinds of attention. Might be a smart move, actually, given that entrenched views generate the worst arguments early, conditioning the tone of those coming later who don’t want to be seen as shills for an idiot position.