Originally posted by forall2see
Good read for sure
However, I recall something at least similar to this being brought up before. The end conclusion was scientists claiming the organisms to have
originated here on Earth and somehow got mixed into the samples during the trip
Either way, I am confident that life exists elsewhere in our universe. We may as a species, simply not yet have the technology and expansive
research to prove it.
Actually the article I linked to talks about that.
One of the dissenting opinions on that is, a piece of equipment brought back from the moon by the Apollo astronauts from our lunar surveyer that had
spent 8 years on the moon had a single cell of a bacteria on it.
The idea was that it came from a "dirty" work bench originally here on the Earth. The funny thing about that is, this bacteria would have 750
million cells of it in a single drop of saliva, so finding only one on the equipment was strange in itself.
Being a skeptic, at the same time, I'm very open that life here on Earth may have been from somewhere else (Mars, an asteroid, etc, etc). Many
arguments for it make a lot more sense to me than: it just happened. heh.
I think another good argument for it is what we see everyday here on our planet: life is tenacious! Just TRY and keep things from spreading. I battle
life every spring and summer out in my yard and garden! Plants, bugs, you name it.
One kid goes to school sick, and 100 are home the next day sick with the same thing.
I brew my own beer at home, and making sure my equipment is sterile when I begin is important, but sometimes, no mater how careful I am, I get a
"skunked" batch once in a while (wild yeast or bacteria got into it).
We've seen life go dormant when conditions are not good for it or hostile for it, only to see it come alive when conditions are made right again.
So for me, I think the idea that microfossiles can be found on the moon is not far fetched at all. I don't think it's because it started there
however, nor thrived there, but was simply transplanted from somewhere else too.