I read that over the weekend as well. To me, it makes perfect sense. The building blocks that make up "life" are literally everywhere. We know that simple stings of acids can combine and make a simple living machine that "knows" how to eat and divide. We have good evidence that when the Earth was a noxious fiery mudball simple bacteria could exist. We still find them today thriving in the crushing depths of the thermal vents.
"Space Germs" should be an almost statistically assured thing, I would think. Where it gets tougher to believe or prove is as you go up the evolutionary ladder. How big and complex of an animal can you get with smaller and tighter parameters for known life to exist. In other words, I'm not really "wowwed" by some left over fossils of some sort of bacterium. I would be absolutely floored if it were something along the line of flatworm or something. Something with a basic nervous system, eyespots (or the equivalent), or anything else that would point to this being an actual animal.
No Hard evidence?
What makes you think irradiated soil and plant samples don't constitute "hard evidence" ?
Or pieces of Magnesium26 that are so pure, Dow chemical said "we can't make this with our current technology."?
Then there is the evidence confiscated by the govt. - Just because YOU haven't seen it personally, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
I'm not seeing it. NASA has stated that they don't think that this is the real thing; the meteorite had been sitting there for several hundred years, and it's probably contaminated with terrestrial microbes. That would certainly explain why some of them look familiar.
I'm not an expert. It looks like life to me. I couldn't tell you where that life is from. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence, as they say, and the evidence is not yet extraordinary. I haven't made up my mind yet, but we've been down this road a few times before, haven't we?
I wouldn't be surprised if Hoover's right though. With all the...stuff, I guess, that goes on in our universe, it's not a stretch to believe that life has occurred elsewhere. Intelligent life is another matter. And even if either are around, it's a damn big universe. What are our chances of encountering one another?
I believe that it's possible. I hope that it's possible. I'd like to see it. I just don't expect that to happen in my lifetime. Call me an optimistic skeptic if you will.
I think that NASA is being a bunch of wimps; how hard is it to believe that there could be bacteria in space? They're so afraid of being made fun of, that they now have neither an imagination nor a sense of adventure. And THEN what use are they?