In a big week for ET news, NASA has also been ‘shocked’ by signs of life on a distant planet
In the past few years, reported UFO sightings have spiked across the world, with landmark government reports sparking even more speculation that something extraterrestrial is stalking our home planet. Now, we have proof... at least, according to “experts” who unveiled a couple of “alien corpses” during a recent public hearing of the Mexico Congress.
In case you’ve not already witnessed the alien unboxing video on your timeline, the alleged corpses are small, grey, and look suspiciously similar to E.T. Unveiled by journalist and ufologist Jaime Maussan, the mummified specimens were apparently retrieved from a Peruvian mine, where they were found in their current, fossilised form. According to radiocarbon dating, they’re somewhere around 1,000 years old.
Addressing members of the Mexican government, as well as US officials including high-ranking UFO whistleblower Ryan Graves, Maussan claimed that more than 30 per cent of the specimens’ DNA was “unknown” in origin. X-rays of the bodies were also shown during the hearing, with experts saying under oath that they both had implants made of rare metals, and one is carrying eggs (if this was a sci-fi film, this would be a clear sign to put them back where you found them and pretend none of this ever happened).
Unfortunately for those of us who desperately want to believe, there are also some snags in the story – most notably, Maussan’s history of dodgy alien claims. Back in 2017, the ufologist was involved in the analysis of five more Peruvian mummies, which were billed as “aliens” with elongated skulls and three digits on each hand and foot. They later turned out to be human children.
Don’t feel too disappointed, though – according to NASA, we might not need to wait for the aliens to come to us. Earlier this week, the space agency announced that it has detected possible signs of life on a distant planet, in what could be a groundbreaking discovery for life outside our solar system.
Specifically, NASA says that the James Webb Telescope – its most powerful tool for observing the universe – has picked up a molecule called dimethyl sulphide (or DMS) on a planet 120 light years away from Earth, catchily named K2-18b. Why is this significant? Because there’s only one source of DMS that we’re currently aware of: organic life. On Earth, it mainly comes from phytoplankton, tiny organisms in Earth’s marine environments.
In K2-18b’s atmosphere, researchers have also detected gases including methane and carbon dioxide, which boost the chances that the planet is habitable, and speculate that it could be “hycean world” covered in water-based oceans. Some more facts about K2-18b: it’s 8.6 times bigger than Earth, and orbits a “cool dwarf star” named K2-18 in the constellation Leo.
“Our findings underscore the importance of considering diverse habitable environments in the search for life elsewhere,” says professor Nikku Madhusudhan, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge and lead author of the paper announcing the JWST findings. “Traditionally, the search for life on exoplanets has focused primarily on smaller rocky planets, but the larger hycean worlds are significantly more conducive to atmospheric observations.”
However, Madhusudhan also urges caution, as more data is required to confirm the existence of DMS. Luckily, this is expected to arrive within the year. Even then, though, it’s unlikely that we’ll get any real confirmation about what kind of life exists on K2-18b. It could be an underwater, intelligent civilisation, living in an alien version of Atlantis... or it could be microscopic organisms like phytoplankton, swimming around without a clue.
Either way, confirmation of the results could edge us closer to answering one of humanity’s deepest questions: whether we’re truly alone in the universe. That’s if you don’t already believe Maussan, and the “evidence” he served up in a big wooden collector’s box.
Read more about NASA’s galaxy-trawling hunt for alien life with the James Webb Space Telescope here.