Scientists Keep Finding Building Blocks of Life; Are Aliens Next?
Liquid water seems to exist in several places throughout our solar system; below the surface of Mars, on several of Saturn and Jupiter’s moons, and even on our own moon at one point. And where there is liquid water, there is a strong possibility of life.
This makes us wonder if we’re on the brink of “finding” life – or finally being told about it – in our own solar system, and what that would mean for the existence of life throughout the cosmos. But is this really a new and profound discovery, or is it a controlled release of information, prepping us for a larger disclosure?
Let’s start with our own moon; an apparently barren rock, pock-marked with craters and, well, not much else. At least that’s what we’ve always been told. But a recent paper published by researchers at Washington State University made the claim that the moon may have once been shielded with its own magnetosphere, while large amounts of gas and water vapor were spewed from geysers, leaving pools of liquid H2O on its surface, allowing life to potentially exist for millions of years.
On Jupiter’s moon Enceladus, scientists recently identified complex carbon chains – the building blocks of life – hitching rides into space on water blasted from geysers on its surface. Starting in hydrothermal vents at the depths of a global ocean, these compounds clung to dust and ice particles flung into Jupiter’s rings, where the Cassini probe picked them up.
The find was supposedly one of the first times such complex molecules were found emanating from a water source outside of Earth, and are thought to be fragments of larger compounds within the moon’s ocean; fragments of living organisms, that is. And while the temperature on Enceladus is far colder than anywhere on Earth, temperatures closer to the moon’s warm core where heat is expelled through hydrothermal vents, may be similar to hydrothermal vents in Earth’s oceans.
In fact, one scientist using the type of conditions believed to exist on Enceladus, found that a microorganism on Earth, M. okinawensis, could potentially thrive there. But could there be other, more advanced life there, too?
Think about the fish found in the depths of our oceans, like the bizarre angler fish that already looks like an alien; if there are lifeforms more advanced than microorganisms on Enceladus, they’d probably look like that.
And recent announcements by NASA say microbes could be living just inches below the surface of Saturn’s moon Europa.
But finding direct evidence of these living organisms will be difficult they tell us, as it will be tough to collect them with a probe flying past at high speeds, and they might not resemble anything we’ve seen before, because they’re alien! But now that the three ingredients for life – water, organic compounds, and an energy source – have been found multiple times throughout our solar system, it’s almost certain extraterrestrial organisms exist. And future probes to these moons are in the works.
So, it shouldn’t be too long before basic aliens lifeforms are confirmed, and then the search for more advanced lifeforms will be taken seriously and considered less taboo. Then, before you know it, they’ll be telling us the existence of advanced extraterrestrial intelligence has been discovered, though it was likely known all along. And just like the water found throughout our solar system, the disclosure continues to drip…
Watch Billy Carson discuss his research hunting anomalous signs that life in our solar system on this episode of Beyond Belief: