No, NASA Hasn’t Found Alien Life

Jun 27, 2017

By Mike Wall

NASA is not preparing to drop an alien-life bombshell, despite what you may have heard.

Last week, the hacking group Anonymous posted a video on YouTube suggesting that the space agency is about to announce the discovery of life beyond Earth. The video has made a big splash online — so big that NASA science chief Thomas Zurbuchen addressed the rumor today (June 26).

“Contrary to some reports, there’s no pending announcement from NASA regarding extraterrestrial life,” Zurbuchen said via Twitter, where he posts as @Dr_ThomasZ.

“Are we alone in the universe? While we do not know yet, we have missions moving forward that may help answer that fundamental question,” he added in another tweet today.

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2 comments on “No, NASA Hasn’t Found Alien Life

  • This seems out of character for them. A) many in the movement are real tech heads and I’d think generally pretty well informed about science and technology. B) most of their stuff I’m aware of has been political backlash, what was their motive for bringing this up?

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  • Alien bacteria in a pristine space environment?

    Nah! Its probably just some ignorant ape who has put a sweaty hand on some flight equipment from a NASA clean room, and thinks this is a flippant matter!

    US Vice-President Mike Pence has made a tongue-in-cheek apology to Nasa after a photo of him touching a piece of space flight equipment went viral.

    Mr Pence was visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida when he placed his hand on a piece of hardware – despite a large sign that read “do not touch”.

    He later apologised to Nasa on Twitter, joking that Florida Senator Marco Rubio “dared” him to do it.

    Nasa has assured Mr Pence the equipment was in need of a clean anyway.

    The vice-president, who addressed Nasa staff at Cape Canaveral on Thursday, sparked a social media storm after a photo emerged of him touching a cover for the Orion spacecraft, which was labelled as a piece of “critical space flight hardware”.

    On Friday, Mr Pence apologised to the space agency – while pointing the finger at his colleague.

    Others said those criticising Mr Pence were taking the matter far too seriously, and injected a little humour into their tweets.</em.

    Anyone for proposing a “light-heated visit” for Pence and Trump to a high-voltage transformer station with:-
    “DANGER OF DEATH – DO NOT TOUCH SIGNS – written by those sciencey employees who were sacked as superfluous to requirements by the White House, earlier! 🙂

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