A NASA scientist is making some pretty epic claims. Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, says he's found conclusive evidence that alien life forms exist, or at least have existed. The proof lies in fossilized bacteria contained in an extremely rare type of meteorite — there are fewer than a dozen of these metiorites on Earth. According to Hoover,
“I interpret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet Earth. This field of study has just barely been touched — because quite frankly, a great many scientist would say that this is impossible.”
These are clearly some lofty and controversial findings, though the Journal of Cosmology, where the findings were originally published, says that, “no other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting.” But one blog claims that the journal is simply the work of a bunch of crackpot academics and has zero credibility in the scientific community. In other words, while we're anxiously awaiting an adorable Alf or E.T. to land in our backyard, we won't hold our breath for it to happen anytime soon.