Alien Life Issue: Top NASA Scientists Did Not Support Richard Hoover’s Claim About Alien Life Existence

By on Mar 8, 2011 in Astronomy, Science Comments
Alien Life Existence
Alien Life Existence
Not Supported By NASA

Image Credit: Journal of Cosmology/Riccardo Guerrero

Richard Hoover, a space agency researcher claims that he found alien bacterial life in meteorites that were collected several years ago, international news reported.

However, top NASA scientists stated on Monday that there is no scientific evidence to support Hoover’s claim which was published on Journal of Cosmology on Friday.

According to Carl Pilcher, NASA Astrobiology Institute Director, Hoover has been claiming it for some years. Pilcher also said that there was no support from other meteorite researchers for alien life claims.

“There has been no one in the scientific community, certainly no one in the meteorite analysis community, that has supported these conclusions. The simplest explanation for Mr. Hoover‘s measurements is that he’s measuring microbes from Earth. They’re contamination,” Pilcher was quoted saying.

Reports said that Hoover’s study and his credentials have been criticized and ridiculed by the scientists inside and outside the space agency. It was also said that Hoover works in solar physics and does not have expertise in astrobiology.

Furthermore, NASA‘s chief scientist in the science division Paul Hertz issued a statement on Monday questioning the validity of Hoover’s claim which was said to have not gone through peer review. According to NASA, Hoover failed to advice the agency that he had submitted the paper to the Journal of Cosmology.

“NASA cannot stand behind or support a scientific claim unless it has been peer-reviewed or thoroughly examined by other qualified experts,” Hertz said in the statement. “This paper was submitted in 2007 to the International Journal of Astrobiology. However, the peer review process was not completed for that submission.”

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