Panspermia. A theory that life exists throughout the universe, distributed by meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids and, potentially, spacecraft. If we take this theory to be true, then life could have been brought to Earth by a giant rock with microbial life on it. Which would prove the existence of extraterrestrial life. Because it would mean that all of humankind is descended from… aliens. DUN-DUN-DUUUN! It would also explain why most of the species we encounter in most science fiction, and in particular Star Trek, are humanoid. Although it could also be for budgetary reasons, I suppose…
Officially, we have not yet discovered extraterrestrial life. But a small number of planets orbiting distant stars have been identified as ‘Earth-like’, with a possibility of 40 billion out there. So life outside our world is looking rather likely, isn’t it? All claims of encounters, conspiracy, abduction and UFO sightings have been denied and dismissed as utter tosh. In 2011, The White House officially released a statement stating, ‘The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet’, going on to say there is ‘no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye.’ Make of that what you will.
But stories persist. In 1977, The Big Ear telescope picked up the ‘WOW Signal’. Lasting 37 seconds, it came from an empty region of space using a frequency banned on Earth. And in 2003, astronomers using a massive telescope discovered another radio signal that came from a different empty region of space. Both signals are still unexplained. And there’s more. Jupiter’s moon Europa has a red tinge that some believe to be bacteria. And the Apollo 11 astronauts claim to have seen something flying alongside their spacecraft, but they said nothing over fears they would not be believed. And I haven’t even mentioned the Drake Equation yet. Oh, it’s rather complicated, but its creator estimates at least 10,000 civilisations like ours in our galaxy alone.
It’s easy to ask oneself why any government would hide alien contact. Maybe the alien was dead when it arrived. Maybe we shot it and didn’t want to admit to it. Maybe it landed in a highly advanced ship and we locked the alien away and tortured it until it gave up its secrets. Maybe we were frightened, so we killed and dissected the creature to learn more about it. Maybe it was aggressive and we locked it away. Maybe the alien retaliated and started a secret invasion that none of us was aware of. Or maybe we discovered some horrifying truth from the alien. They put us here deliberately, like seeds in a field, and we have been like their guinea pigs, the aliens watching down on an experiment to see how life evolves. And there is an outside chance that the ‘truth’ we discover could be even more horrifying. The aliens look just like us. Their world was destroyed so they came to a barren rock of a planet, where they lived peacefully until a giant rock decimated 90% of all life on that world. The few survivors built a spacecraft and left, not realising there were more survivors left behind. Survivors we call Homo sapiens. And many years later, those who left return as alien visitors, when in actual fact, they are our ancestors…
I think it’s ludicrous to suggest there can’t be life outside our world. If you think of all those worlds in our universe like ours, there must be life elsewhere.
Yes, I think there is someone out there…
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