Scientists Skeptical of Meteorite Alien Life Claim
WASHINGTON (AP) - A NASA scientist claims he's found signs of what he concludes is alien bacterial life in meteorites that fell to Earth many decades ago. But other NASA scientists are skeptical, including the head of the team that searches for life beyond Earth.
The alien life claim is made by Richard Hoover of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Hoover's research focused on an unusual type of meteorite. Pieces of it were collected over many years in several locations.
Carl Pilcher, who heads NASA's Astrobiology Institute, said the rocks have been handled for more than 100 years. He said they are likely contaminated with Earth microbes. The space agency released a statement distancing itself from Hoover's study.
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