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According to a famous astronomy professor there is a reason why a majority of scientists avoid the subject - it is censored! Even though the general public embraces ideas of extraterrestrial life, science is expected to shun this subject no matter how strong the evidence, albeit through a conspiracy of silence.
Wickramasinghe believes that this campaign of explicit denials and censorship may have started between 1962 and 1965 when microorganisms were actually recovered from the stratosphere using balloons flown to heights between 20 and 43km.
"This important pioneering work, carried out by NASA at the dawn of the Space Age, probably rang alarm bells to which the authorities had to react, and react they surely did.
"Using state of the art technology Hoover concludes that microbial fossils unambiguously exist in great profusion. The furore that greeted this new publication, with vocal condemnation from Science journals and from NASA chiefs, shows that earlier tactics of rejection by silence have now been replaced by strident ranting and even personal insults.
Had we lived in the Middle Ages there is no doubt that Richard B Hoover, and possibly Fred Hoyle, Pflug, and I too, would have come to a bad end - suffering the fate of Giordano Bruno in 1600!", says professor Wickramasinghe.
It should be added that professor Wickramasinghe's research dealt only with extraterrestrial microbial life. One can imagine what would happen if scientists suddenly started to debate in public issues concerning the existence of advanced, intelligent extraterrestrial life.
So we asked ourselves in 1979: “Could it be that the organics we see so abundantly strewn in space is also derived from biology, biology operating on a cosmic scale? Why not? When we came to think about it there was no reason at all to exclude this possibility. So we asked what if all this organic stuff in space is generated biologically? Our first prediction was that the infrared spectra of very distant cool stars should show absorption spectra resembling the spectra of freeze-dried bacteria. The first observations came in 1980 of a source near the galactic centre called GCIRS7, and lo and behold the spectral agreement with bacteria was perfect.
When everyone was looking for a dirty snowball comet, we were predicting an organic comet with a dark (burnt) crust in the exterior. We were proved right and everyone else wrong. Since 1986 comets have been all found to be dark and organic, and almost certainly harbouring microbial life.
Do you feel we will find definitive proof of the existence of extraterrestrial life forms during our life time?
Yes, unquestionably so. The Viking Mars experiments of 1976 are still not fully explained on the basis of “no active biology”, I think the evidence for microbial life just below the surface of Mars in many places, and certainly under the polar icecaps is very strong. Well within a decade this will be accepted as unquestionable.
"Firstly, if life was already detected, then there is no need to spend vast sums of money to continue the search."
"Secondly, there is a lot of scientific interest nowadays in bringing back samples of Martian soil to Earth at the cost of tens of billions of dollars, and there is a lobby that says if microbes exist on Mars we should not be doing this. It could pose a biohazard."
Wickramasinghe said authorities might be deterred by prospects of litigation arising from Planetary Protection -- the guiding principle in the design of interplanetary missions that aims to prevent biological contamination of both the target celestial body and the Earth.
Originally posted by judus
We all know why they do not talk about it don't we ?
And we know we are been drip feed that life does exist ?
I conducted a little experiment the other day and in a two hour period their were 6 mentions of ET either in adverts toys or TV shows .
check this one out
Originally posted by Zcustosmorum
Would microorganisms mean the rods that have been talked about or would it mean those other floating things that are seen on the famous tether incident video. I suppose it could make sense