RSR's List of Apparent Biological Material in Space

* Partial Confirmation of a 2014 RSR Prediction: As reported at rsr.org/creationist-predictions, "By 2020 (just to put a date on it), powerful and less disputed evidence of biological matter scattered in the solar system will be added to the currently existing apparent evidence." The apparent evidence that biological material exists in space includes:

* Nature 1978: light coming from space carries the signature of having passed through cellulose dust, as reported in Nature by Fred Hoyle (theory of stellar nucleosynthesis), Chandra Wickramasinghe, et al.
* NASA 2012: left-handed amino acids in meteorites recovered on Earth (including "excesses of left-handed aspartic and glutamic acids, two amino acids that are common in terrestrial life")
* NASA's Richard Hoover 2011: As reported in Wired, Marshall Space Flight Center's Dr. Hoover analyzed filaments and low-nitrogen organic chemicals in meteorites that on Earth signify ancient fossils.
* NASA 2009: first discovery of an amino acid building block of protein, glycine, on a comet (Comet 81P/Wild 2) 
* Earth and Planetary Science Letters 2000: apparent bacterial remnants in meteorites and even dormant bacteria
* (Fringe) Journal of Cosmology 2013: a diatom collected in the lower stratosphere during the annual Perseid meteor shower by a microbiology professor at the University of Sheffield
* Nature & NASA 2010: as reported in the journal Nature, "long-chained" molecules, the building-blocks of life, observed on an asteroid
* diatoms reported in Sri Lanka meteorites with isotope test results "suggestive" [per NASA] of meteoritic material
* Sagan 1997; Huggins 1868: the father of spectroscopic astronomy, William Huggins, from 1868 to 1881 observed that components of comet Winnecke and others included simple unsaturated hydrocarbons, not unlike those found in Earth's crude oil, including ethylene (which on Earth functions as a plant hormone, etc.)
* TASS 2014: The Russian News Agency reported that cosmonauts collected sea plankton from the outside of the International Space Station.
* In Related News from Science 2016: Astronomers looking toward the center of the Milky Way have detected the complex organic molecule propylene oxide.

Post-show Update: The European Space Agency's initial report on the Rosetta project's Philae craft that landed on Comet 67P stated that it has "'sniffed’ the comet’s atmosphere during the first touchdown, detecting organic molecules." Chemically speaking, organic compounds often have nothing to do with organisms, and so, until further news surfaces, the assumption is that these are non-biological carbon-based molecules. July 2015 Update: RT.com presents the Rosetta teams objection to the few scientists claiming that there may be evidence of microbial life on 67P.

Toward a confirmation of our prediction of more evidence discovered of biological matter scattered through the solar system, this ISS finding was reported six months after we published our prediction. For more information, see Terry Hurlbut's Sea plankton in Earth Orbit? Consider also our RSR recommendations. The chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission appears to indicate that this finding is repeatable, so of course 1) NASA should attempt to repeat it. Also, the Russians should 2) carbon date the existing specimens. And 3) check them for any sequenceable molecular content. And 4), as with all biological material apparently recovered from space, if Carbon-14 dated, this plankton will in fact contain 14c, indicating that it cannot be a million years old, and must have a *maximum* age of less than 50,000 years!

Where there is smoke there is fire. Just like the scientific community was in denial over dinosaur soft tissue, so too, both the creation and evolution communities seem to be in denial over repeated observations of biological material in space. These persistent and diverse indications of biological matter in space provide yet more corroboration that the fountains of the great deep ejected debris from the global flood into space.

* Hydroplate Theory Explanation: If Walt Brown's Hydroplate Theory is correct, then the fountains of the great deep launched great quantities of crustal rock, surface and subterranean water and rock, and other surface debris into space. Corroboration could then include findings of biological material in meteorite showers, spectral analysis indicating biochemicals in space, and biological structures in meteorites. The above list indicates that such findings have occurred. See below for some details, and also, see our 2014 Global Flood and the Hydroplate Theory video!

* Possibly Related Bicep2 Dust: There's enough dust in space to have badly embarrassed the 2014 Bicep2 team that wrongly claimed discovery of gravity waves, which was widely and wrongly proclaimed as the smoking gun of the hypothetical big bang inflation period. Could it be that the dust that was misinterpreted as gravity waves is not interstellar nor intergalactic but merely a local phenomena within our own solar system? If so, it may be possible for what looked like "waves" to be triangulated, which of course is just one way to theoretically validate this testable RSR hypothesis.

* From a Respected Journal: Fred Hoyle et al. reported in the journal Nature that "The presence of interstellar polysaccharides [carbohydrates, etc.] has been deduced by comparing infrared spectra... with model calculations based on transmittance data for cellulose. We show here that the transmittance properties of cotton cellulose gives a good agreement to the observed emission..."

* From a Disrespected Journal: The Journal of Cosmology, disrespected because it publishes reports of apparent biological material in outer space and advocates the Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe claim that life came from space, is, nonetheless, a peer-reviewed journal.

In 2011 the Journal of Cosmology published a 2011 paper by retired NASA scientist Richard Hoover, Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites. NASA distanced itself from Hoover's findings,[17] reporting that the paper had been previously submitted in 2007 to International Journal of Astrobiology which did not accept it for review.[18] (That is, they wouldn't even look at it.)

* From the Tech Magazine Wired: Brandon Keim's March 2011 article in Wired, Alien Microbe claim starts fight over meteorite, begins, "NASA astrobiologist Richard Hoover thinks he’s found fossilized alien bacteria inside a meteorite" and quotes University of Oklahoma geophysicist Michael Engel saying, "There are legitimate reasons to initially be skeptical... [nevertheless] I encourage people to keep an open mind when forming an opinion as to the significance of this work." Keim continues, "Hoover’s study involves carbonaceous chondrites, a class of rare meteorite that... contain organic chemicals... When those chemicals are found on Earth, they’re considered signs of life." And then, adding to the information already provided in our own RSR article here, Wired's piece includes this, "But almost no nitrogen was found in the meteorites, consistent with what’s seen in ancient fossils in which nitrogen has degraded. The meteorites landed on Earth [recently]; for their fossils to be nitrogen-free, they would have needed to form thousands of years before crashing here."

* The 2012 Sri Lanka Fireball: Sri Lankans witnessing a flash across the sky resulted in the recovery of what appear to be meteorites containing objects that appear characteristic of "microalgae known as diatoms." A 2013 paper by professors at the University of California San Diego, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, the University of Buckingham, the Medical Research Institute of Colombo, Sri Lanka, etc. at Cornell's arxiv.com was published by the Journal of Cosmology and follows up on an earlier paper at the University of Buckingham website. The team headed by astronomer, mathematician and one-time Cambridge University fellow, Chandra Wickramasinghe found that their specimens differed from Earth's crustal rock and so concluded, “that the oxygen isotope data show [our samples] are unequivocally meteorites.” Real Science Radio has sparred with the Discovery's bad astronomer Phil Plait who, while dismissive of this find and all the data on this page (and our List of Evidence Against the Big Bang) nonetheless reports: "I talked to planetary scientist Barbara Cohen, who studies meteorites at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. She told me the data in the paper is 'suggestive'" that the samples are actual meteorites.

The March 2013 issue of Journal of Cosmology published, Isolation of a Diatom Frustule Fragment from the Lower Stratosphere (22-27Km) - Evidence for a Cosmic Origin. While discounting the paper's claim, Ian O'Neill at Discovery.com nonetheless accurately reported, "Milton Wainwright, a professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, and his team who flew a high-altitude balloon 17 miles over Chester in northwest England during the Perseid meteor shower on July 31. The balloon was carrying a sample capture system that opened for a few minutes and grabbed any aerosols floating around in the stratosphere."
 
* Tiny Impact Crater on Stratosphere Collector: In January 2015, additional reporting (along with wild Francis-Crick-like claims of alien life) regarding the apparent biological material from space include this: "On hitting the stratosphere sampler the sphere made an impact crater... This impact crater proves that the sphere was incoming to Earth from space, an organism coming from Earth would not be traveling fast enough when it fell back to Earth to cause such damage." And perhaps toward a year 2020 confirmation of RSR's 2014 prediction, Britain's Daily Express reports that "scientists in the UK and Japan launch the ISPA (Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics) which seeks to prove life on Earth originated from Space" and even "NASA is currently sending a balloon into the stratosphere to look for life." Stay tuned!
 
* From the International Space Station: In August 2014 ITAR-TASS reported that Russian cosmonauts collected sea plankton from the outside of the International Space Station.
 

* Add'l Information: See Walt Brown's creationscience.com site and please email Bob@RealScienceRadio.com with corrections or additional evidence. Thanks!

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