Meteorite From Mars Contains Life? It Is Possible


Could an impacted meteorite on Earth possibly contain signs of life from Mars? Scientists have found traces of tiny structures that could indicate some form of biological origin on a meteorite with the name Yamato 00593 (or Y000593 for short), as is indicated by a February publication of the journal Astrobiology. A team of scientists from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas as well as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, California have come forward about their findings on the alien object, weighing in at 14 kilograms.

Perhaps the most astonishing claim about the meteorite, as has been stated by researchers is not the fact that the meteorite gives strong evidence for the existence of water on Mars in the past, but the fact that it could contain early traces of biological formations. This has not been the first time such claims have been made however. Back in 1996, a team of NASA scientists led by David McKay from Johnson Space Center, came across “biogenic structures” in a meteorite called Allan Hills 84001. President Clinton made a public announcement about the discovery and the following media frenzy and skeptics meant that doubt eventually surrounded the news.

One of the main arguments that support meteorites from Mars possibly containing life to be fraudulent is that once they impact Earth, they are subject to being contaminated by terrestrial biological sources. Richard Hoover, a retired NASA Astrobiologist from the Marshall Space Flight Center and past award winner of NASA’s “Inventor of the Year” award, has spoken out against skeptics who make such claims.

At the recent International UFO Congress, Hoover made a presentation and then later gave a video interview as to why he has (without question) discovered alien life on meteorites he has studied. Hoover explains in his interview that nitrogen is contained within all living organisms and it slowly seeps out of deceased bodies over millions of years. The traces of biological life found within the meteorites he studied, which crashed only within the past 150 years did contain traces of biological life but no traces of nitrogen. That means they did not crawl into the meteorites after they landed on Earth. They were already present, much prior to that.

By this same standard as proclaimed by Hoover, Y000593 landed on Earth in Antarctica only 50,000 years, which means that if the biological organisms found within the rock do not contain any traces of nitrogen, then they would have to be extraterrestrial in origin. This particular meteorite formed on Mars, roughly 1.3 billion years ago and was blasted into space about 1.2 years ago before it finally found its way onto Earth.

Information surrounding such discoveries and claiming one has concrete proof of alien life has always been a controversial topic. Despite that it is widely accepted that life probably exists somewhere out there (given the sheer size of the universe), whether or not it has yet made its way onto Earth is grounds for further discussion. Does this meteorite from Mars possibly contain life after all? Perhaps the March issue of Astrobiology will give more insight into this matter. On the other hand, perhaps all of those UFO sightings in the sky mean advanced alien species have been visiting Earth already, after all.

By Jonathan Holowka

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