Scientists have already discovered other life in the universe in the form of microbes and bacterium, which is pretty neat in and of itself! But the question still remains: Is there another intelligent race out there, beside us earthlings?
According to hacker network Anonymous, NASA is planning to make the announcement soon that it’s discovered intelligent alien life. Is this claim legit?
Let’s take a look…
4. The Anonymous Video
In this video, a figure sitting in front of the camera in a Guy Fawkes mask claims that NASA is “about to discover extraterrestrial life,” saying that this was explicitly stated by the spokesperson for NASA during one of the last hearings of the committee for science, space and technology of the United States.
The figure in the video asks, “are you expecting little micro-organisms from a distant moon in our solar system?” He then goes on to say that there are many who claim that mankind has already made contact with intelligent aliens, and not simply tiny micro-organisms.
Humankind sure has come a long way in its knowledge of space and technology. The Guy-Fawkes figure points out that just 25 years ago, we didn’t know that planets even existed outside of our solar system.
The figure in the video goes on to say that “according to experts, it is no longer a question of whether there is life on other planets, but when we will find it. Many astronomers have seen the development of intelligent life as an inevitable occurrence given proper environmental conditions on a planet…”
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, stated at the hearing that various recent discoveries, including that of hydrogen in Saturn’s moon Enceladus and the study of the oceans of Europa, mean that humankind is that much closer to discovering intelligent life in our universe.
Zurbuchen then dropped a bomb at the hearing, saying: “Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are specifically searching for evidence of alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history.”
Unfortunately, NASA recently denounced the rumors that it would soon be announcing its discovery of intelligent life, stating that there has been no new evidence of alien life recently. This may sound disappointing, but at the same time, could it be possible that the government is hiding something?
Zurbuchen’s statement does sound pretty peculiar, but according to Science Alert, what he really meant by that was that humankind has made exciting advances in our ability to search for intelligent life, not that NASA had specifically found something.
It’s entirely possible that Zurbuchen’s comment that we are “on the verge” of making an incredibly profound discovery was just taken out of context by Anonymous, but it’s also possible that he accidentally said too much and had to retract his statements.
Unfortunately for the hopefuls out there, Anonymous doesn’t seem to be making any new claims in the video, but rather they speculate based on quotes already in the public domain. In other words, no hacking was involved here!
NASA is planning to launch the James Webb Space Telescope next year, which will be able to detect the smallest traces of water, methane, oxygen and ozone in a given planet’s atmosphere - one step closer to locating intelligent life.
Whether or not you believe that NASA is really on the verge of announcing the discovery of intelligent life in the universe, you can’t help but be impressed by the vast discoveries we’ve made in our understanding of the universe. We get one step closer to making contact with aliens every day.