Balloons sent into the stratosphere came back with the object, no bigger than a human hair, which has a biological “gooey” substance oozing from it
Scientists in the UK say this microscopic metal globe could be proof that aliens are watching us.
Balloons sent 27km into the stratosphere to collect debris came back with the object, no bigger than the width of a human hair.
Professor Milton Wainwright, leader of the joint study by the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology and University of Sheffield, said the structure is made from titanium and vanadium metals and has a biological “gooey” substance oozing from it.
Scientists believe it could contain genetic material used to propagate alien life on Earth.
“It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre,” he told the Daily Express website.
“We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium.
“One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilisation in order to continue seeding the planet with life.
Research: University of Buckingham
“This seeming piece of science fiction, called ‘directed panspermia’, would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Sir Francis Crick.
“Unless of course we can find details of the civilisation that is supposed to have sent it, in this respect it is probably an unprovable theory.”
It bears an eerie similarity to HG Wells’ 1898 novel War of the Worlds, which describes a meteor sent to Earth to initiate a Martian invasion.
The tiny sphere landed on one of the sampler balloons after a long fall – as proven by an impact crater likened to that of a meteor striking Earth.
“On hitting the stratosphere sampler the sphere made an impact crater, a minute version of the huge impact crater on Earth caused by the asteroid said to have killed off the dinosaurs,” said Prof. Wainwright.
“This impact crater proves that the sphere was incoming to Earth from space, an organism coming from Earth would not be travelling fast enough when it fell back to Earth to cause such damage.
“This seems never before to have been found on Earth.”
He continued: “For the moment, we are content to say that the life-containing titanium sphere came from space, possibly from a comet.
“NASA is currently sending a balloon into the stratosphere to look for life.
“Hopefully they will get the same results as we have, whether or not they acknowledge what the team have found, or claim the discovery for themselves remains to be seen.”
If the globe was sent here, it would prove the theory that intelligent and civilised extra-terrestrial creatures are keeping tabs on our planet.
This year Professor Wainwright and his team discovered a ‘ghost particle’ which they believe points to the existence of extra-terrestrial life.
Exciting discovery: Ghost particle
Resembling a wisp of smoke, he speculated that it was a “living balloon” in a “deflated” state that once carried alien organisms.
Scientists in the UK and Japan are currently launching the Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, with the aim of proving life on this planet has its origins in space.
Professor Wickramasinghe, director for research at the Buckingham Center for Astrobiology, believes biological material such as bacteria is constantly falling to Earth.
He said: “Mainstream science and institutions have fought against theories which expound these beliefs but now evidence from meteorites, from samples of bacteria from space and from space observation is making resistance more difficult.
“Proving that the Earth is in a constant exchange of matter with the larger cosmos would have implications not only in terms of our identity, but could also give us insight into alien viruses which may be important for our group identity, evolution and survival itself.”