Scientists at the University of Buckingham Center for Astrobiology (BCAB) say they have captured the first-ever image of an alien or extraterrestrial organism. The scientists described the "organism" as a "bull-shaped" particle that represents a "complete living entity."
According to the team of scientists led by Professor Milton Wainwright, the photograph (see above) is proof that alien or extraterrestrial life exists in space, outside the atmosphere of our planet Earth, Sunday Express reports.
The scientists said the image provides new evidence in support of the panspermia theory which says that life on Earth originated in space. The scientists also said the discovery supports the theory that living particles continue to rain down on Earth from space.
The researchers isolated the organism from minute pieces of debris collected from the stratospheric boundaries of space using powerful magnets. The debris was collected as part of a project carried out in Derbyshire which involved sending balloons to altitudes close to 30 kilometers in the stratosphere, near the boundaries of outer space.
According to Wainwright, the image (see above) shows a grain of salt crystal with the "amorphous form" of a living entity attached to its surface.
"The picture illustrates what we believe to be alien microbes high up in the stratosphere. Our team has caused quite a stir over the last couple of two years by claiming these microbes are continually arriving to Earth from space. Our critics have been vocal in dismissing our work but, as yet, no one has provided a viable alternative explanation for our peer reviewed work."
Wainwright explained that, "as far as we can tell the particle has no relation to anything found on Earth. This latest launch is also exciting because the team has found particles containing, so-called, rare earth elements at a height close to 30 kilometers in the stratosphere.
"These particle masses are too big to have been carried up from Earth and, like the alien life forms we find, must be incoming to Earth from space."
The balloons were sent into the upper atmosphere during last year's Perseid shower. The team had reported earlier in September, 2014, of a discovery of a particle they dubbed the "dragon particle," in samples of debris collected from the upper atmosphere.
According to the researchers, the microscopic titanium sphere (see image below), about 30 microns in diameter (about the width of a human hair), contains biological material.
"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 center. 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 civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life."
The researchers described the microscopic titanium sphere as an "extraterrestrial life-seed" that falls from space into the Earth's atmosphere, bursts open, spewing its genetic and biological material, which then propagates on Earth.
They argued that the titanium sphere packaging was designed by a technologically advanced alien species seeking to infect Earth with alien life forms and colonize Earth.
According to the researchers, the particles were not derived from dust raised from Earth to the upper atmosphere because the particles made deep impact craters on their sampler, indicating that they were falling from space and not rising from the Earth's atmosphere below.
"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."
"Our biological entities are pristinely isolated on the sampling stubs and are not associated with inorganic dust (volcanic or otherwise) or common Earth-derived biology."
In a recent paper published with the famous proponent of the panspermia theory, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, titled "The Transition from Earth-centered Biology to Cosmic Life," the researchers argued that paradigm shift in favor of the panspermia theory has been taking place over the past three decades.
However, the team's research findings continue to be viewed with suspicion by mainstream scientific researchers who say that Wainwright, Wikramasinghe, and their colleagues in the panspermia theory movement have not provided convincing scientific evidence in support of their pet theory.
[Images: The University of Buckingham via Sunday Express]