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Red rain holds evidence of life from space

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Seen with a powerful microscope, these are the first pictures of the strange cells which fell as red rain for six weeks, across the Kerala region of south-west India in 2001, following reports of an explosion in the sky.

Indian scientists who first analysed the rain expected to see grains of dust or sand, perhaps blown from the Sahara by freak winds.

Instead, they found themselves looking at complex cell-like structures, that have many of the characteristics of living organisms. They were even more surprised to find the cells could be made to come to life and reproduce, under laboratory conditions.

SOT (English speech) super: Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology
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If there was an explosion of a small piece of a comet over Kerala, and an explosion was in fact heard just minutes before the first rainfall, those particles would have drifted along a belt of latitude, but when you look at a map of the world, the latitudes west of Kerala run into the Indian Ocean and then into the Sahara.

So if it fell all over that area it wouldn’t have been noticed, and in the Sahara there is not much rainfall, so the particles could have drifted a long way away and not be noticed.

Sri Lanka-born Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is head of the astrobiology unit of Cardiff University, in Wales. He is an internationally-renowned theoretical scientist who has been a champion of the theory of “panspermia” for over thirty years.

Developed with the late Sir Fred Hoyle, his theory proposes that life on Earth could have been seeded from outer space by wandering comets containing organisms from other worlds.

Ridiculed for many years, the theory is now slowly being accepted by an increasing number of scientists around the world, as more evidence comes to light.

SOT (English speech) super: Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology
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Whether this particular red rain came from space or not wouldn’t determine the validity of panspermia.

I think that there are many other lines of evidence that are all converging on the idea that life came from space.

The first samples of Kerala’s red rain arrived at Cardiff University’s labs last month. Intensive investigation under high-powered microscopes confirmed the cell-like structures are biological and that they do contain DNA, the blue print of all life forms on Earth. What’s not yet known is whether it is terrestrial life or alien DNA, but investigators believe they will know soon.

SOT (English speech) super: Professor David Lloyd, Microbiology Unit, Cardiff University

“The samples have been kept very carefully in aseptic conditions, so the likelihood of contamination isn’t very great. But the question of where the organisms have come from is an open one.”

The Cardiff team is now comparing DNA from the red rain with that of all known terrestrial species. It’s a long and painstaking study, but if no known DNA from Earth matches, the only remaining possibility would be that it is an alien life form from outer space.

SOT (English speech) super: Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology

“Our genetic cousins are everywhere in the universe and all that happened on the Earth is that these bits and pieces of genes got together and made the entire spectrum of life that we see here on our planet“

Kerala’s red rain could yet provide conclusive evidence that the theory of panspermia is not only possible, but almost certainly was the way life started on Earth, 4 billion years ago.
By netchicken: posted on 3-5-2006

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