[CNI News thanks Errol Bruce-Knapp, UFO Updates Toronto and AUFORA News Update for the following story.]
U.S. scientists released a report on April 12, 1996 which supports the theory of panspermia, in which the Earth was "seeded" with life when celestial objects collided with the Earth.
The report focuses on a 60-by-27 kilometer impact site near Sudbury, Ontario. This impact crater was created 1.85 billion years ago when an object the size of Mt. Everest collided with the Earth.
The report shows that "buckyballs" found at the impact site were of a celestial origin. Buckyballs are arrays of carbon atoms shaped in a way which resembles geodesic domes created by architect R. Buckminster Fuller. The scientists were able to determine the celestial origin of these buckyballs by analyzing helium isotopes trapped inside the buckyballs.
This shows that the buckyballs firstly didn't originate on Earth, and secondly that they managed to survive the impact.
This suprised many scientists, including Jeffrey Bada, an author of the report. "I started out as an opponent because I didn't think that anything could survive that collision," he said. The conventional opinion was that no carbon-based molecules would be able to survive an impact.
40 years ago, Stanley Miller and Harold Urey were able to create amino acids by simulating the conditions of early Earth using a mixture of methane, water, ammonia and the laboratory equivalent of lightning. However, current understanding shows that the early Earth atmosphere was largely made up of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, neither of which would form amino acids.
"You make nothing, so you are left with the problem of how did life on Earth get started?," Bada asks.
Thus, you have the theory of panspermia. The major problem with panspermia used to be the doubt that complex carbon-based molecules would be able to survive entry and impact. The fact that buckyballs survived seems to add support to the fact that other carbon-based molecules, including organic molecules, could have survived entry.
"If a meteorite or comet can deliver intact carbon molecules to the Earth's surface, it is likely that other organic compounds can survive the impact," said Robert Poreda, one of the report's other authors. Poreda says he is now looking at the survivability of carbon-hydrogen molecules which are also believed to exist in asteroids.
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