A retired Astrobiologist who worked at NASA for 46 years has confirmed in a recent interview that alien life definitely exists.

In a recent interview with Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post (a recording of which accompanies this article), Richard Hoover described how, through his work with NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), he came to make extensive studies of micro-organisms living in extreme environments, including remains of biological entities discovered inside crashed meteorites from outer space.

Hoover, winner of NASA’s 1992 "Inventor of the Year" award, examined meteorites from three crash sites, the first from Alès in France where a meteor touched down in 1806; the second located in Orgueil, France and dated from 1864, and the last one from a crash in Murchinson, Australia in 1969.

Hoover claims that all three meteorites contained the very definite remains of micro-organisms that he believes originated elsewhere in space. He examined the meteorites by flame sterilising freshly fractured pieces of each one, then placing them into a field emissions scanning electron microscope. He observed biological remains embedded into the interior of each sample, and concluded that this was absolute proof of alien life.

There have been some flimsy suggestions from skeptics that the samples Hoover examined were contaminated with earthly organisms, but he has been able to confidently disprove this with hard evidence. He rationalized that all terrestrial living organisms must contain nitrogen, and after the organism dies the nitrogen seeps very slowly back into the atmosphere as nitrogen gas, a process that can take millions of years. The entities found in the meteorites did not contain any nitrogen at all, indicating that they must be millions of years old, yet they had only been present on Earth for 200 years at the most. Hoover considered this to be concrete proof of their extra-terrestrial origin.

Despite Hoover’s conviction, ironically NASA has always dismissed his claims, even though the assertions were made by one of their top scientists. In addition to NASA’s refusal to acknowledge his own findings, Hoover cites another occasion when evidence of extra-terrestrial life appears to have been deliberately overlooked and ignored. In 2004, the Mars Rover "Opportunity" captured images of what appeared to be the fossilized remains of a crinoid, a type of marine animal that looks like a sea lily. Instead of eliciting an excited response at the prospect of finding proof of a living organism, four hours later the specimen was ground into dust by Opportunity’s rock abrasion tool. When Hoover queried this action with David McKay, former chief astrobiologist at the Johnson Space Center, he did not receive a satisfactory explanation.

In another incident occurring in December 2012, more fossilized remains were found inside a meteorite in Sri Lanka. Hoover formed part of the research team and helped to compile several papers that were published in a scientific journal, documenting the extensive evidence that was obtained. Yet once again, NASA chose to ignore the findings.

So what is preventing NASA from acknowledging such apparently conclusive evidence of alien life? Are they scared that, if they do recognize the findings, the floodgates will be opened and full disclosure of all evidence relating to extra-terrestrial life would need to follow? From a skeptical perspective, what other plausible explanation could there be for the biological remains found in the meteorites? Your views are always welcome here at Unknown Country – subscribe today to leave your comments.