Did Life on Earth Come From Space?

There is a long held theory that life on Earth evolved from life forms raining down on Earth from other places.  So far, there isn’t any proof of this, it just sounds logical.  However, we might have some proof in the making right now:

Around midday Saturday, villagers were startled by an explosion and a fireball that many were convinced was an airplane crashing near their remote village, located in the high Andes department of Puno in the Desaguadero region, near the border with Bolivia.

Residents complained of headaches and vomiting brought on by a “strange odor,” local health department official Jorge Lopez told Peruvian radio RPP.

Seven policemen who went to check on the reports also became ill and had to be given oxygen before being hospitalized, Lopez said.

Rescue teams and experts were dispatched to the scene, where the meteorite left a 100-foot-wide (30-meter-wide) and 20-foot-deep (six-meter-deep) crater, said local official Marco Limache.

“Boiling water started coming out of the crater and particles of rock and cinders were found nearby. Residents are very concerned,” he said.

Now, my non-experienced thinking is this is one of two possibilities.  First, and most likely, it’s fumes caused by the intense heat of the meteorite.

Second, and more intriguing to me, is it could be some virus from a far off galaxy.  Pretty cool huh?  Pretty unlikely tho.

A third possibility of course, it could be some man-made experiment where a meteor was planted with a mutated gene and it crashed back to Earth.

( Originally posted on Spacedream. I am not aware this story was ever updated. )

Cassini Iapetus Flyby

Originally posted on September 12, 2007.

This is getting cooler than I really thought it would. Check out this incredibly ugly little Saturnian moon, Iapetus:

Hosted at JPL

JPL has a lot more pics.  It’s getting really close now.  However, unlike Io or Europa, the closer it gets to Iapetus, the uglier it gets.  This poor little moon has obviously been battered hard by meteor strikes.  It’s little spine circling the moon is the source of a lot of speculation.  However, my completely uneducated guess is those two really large strikes on the same side have something to do with it.  If you’ve ever squeezed a pingpong ball really hard you’d know what I’m referring to.  That’s just a guess tho.  I’ll leave the hard science up to those who get paid to do it.  I’m in the boat of those people who just LOVE seeing this for no other reason than curiosity.


Global Warming fails Adrian Flanagan

SOME people have been telling us for a while that the ice is melting at the poles due specifically to global warming.  Al Gore says so too.  Based on that information, Adrian Flanagan set out to do what no man could have done before, sail the North Pole.  However, he’s hit a snag:

A BRITISH yachtsman attempting the first solo Arctic sea passage across northern Russia was examining his options after heavier than expected ice blocked his route, his manager said.

So, he’s got a Plan B:

Adrian Flanagan is discussing with Russian authorities the possibility of using a nuclear-powered icebreaker to lift his boat out of the water and carry it round the most icebound stretch of Russia’s Northern Sea Route.

It’s rumored he’s having to keep an eye on global warming endangered polar bears while he figures out how to get out of the mess he’s in.

I really don’t know if he set out to prove global warming is that much of an issue or not.  It does make for a hoot of a story though.

( Originally posted on Spacedream.  Not sure whatever became of Adrian, but this year probably would have worked a lot better since the Arctic winter seems to have settled in middle US. )