Alien life may be hidden on the moon and act as a & # 39; fishing net & # 39; to capture interstellar objects, says the Harvard scientist
- A Harvard scientists say our own moon can hold clues to extraterrestrial life
- Effects of interstellar object can contain embedded clues from the deep space
- The surface of the moon would probably hold those indications for billions of years, he says
The evidence of extraterrestrial life can be a lot closer to home than most think according to a Harvard scientist.
Published in an op-ed in Scientific American, theoretical physicists and Harvard professor, Abraham Loeb, says that our own moon is a & # 39; fishing net & # 39; can be for extraterrestrial life.
& # 39; The idea is to regard the lunar surface as a fishing net for interstellar objects that have been collected over time and may provide building blocks of life from the habitable environments around other stars & # 39 ;, Loeb writes in Scientific American.
Because the moon is geologically inactive, Loeb says the surface is likely to retain intriguing interstellar clues that are brought via asteroid or another astrophysical source instead of burying evidence deep beneath the moon's surface.
Abrahm Loeb, a Harvard professor and astrophysicist (pictured above) says that the evidence of extraterrestrial life can hide on the surface of the moon
The geological and atmospheric conditions of the moon make the existence of interstellar and possibly extraterrestrial material possible, says Loeb.
Objects collected by the lunar surface would probably go back billions of years and the moon a kind of & # 39; mailbox & # 39; make, as he says, for objects that fly around our solar system.
Although most of these impacts would probably be due to objects from our solar system, recent evidence shows that interstellar travelers occur much more often in our galaxy neck than previously thought.
Recently, astronomers have identified the second known interstellar object to enter our solar system – a comet called 2l / Borisov – that will be visible through telescopes for up to a year.
In 2017, researchers identified Oumuamua, the first – a mysterious cigar-shaped projectile, formally named object that resembled both a comet and an asteroid, although it did not match many of the other defining features that are usually associated with those objects.
Astronomers identified an asteroid-like rock known as Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object that passed through our solar system two years ago. An impression of an artist from Oumuamua is shown
Not only do these objects depict extraterrestrial pay dirt on the moon, Loeb says, but studying them could also help inform scientists exactly how much is lurking.
& # 39; With this calibration at hand one can calculate the amount of interstellar material that has accumulated on the lunar surface during history & # 39 ;, he writes.
Loeb says that based on current measurements of the flux – amount of energy – of interstellar objects, the lunar surface can contain no less than 30 parts per million lunar surface material.
& # 39; Amino acids, which serve as the building blocks of & # 39; life as we know it & # 39 ;, can be a few parts per hundred billion, & # 39; says Loeb.
This view (pictured above) shows a concept of what a base on the lunar surface can look like. From here people could explore the surface of the moon.
Micro-fossils of extinct extraterrestrial life, similar to the 3.4 billion-year-old versions on Earth, are also a clear possibility, he says.
Of course, even more exciting than pieces of interstellar matter, the prospect would be for a more open sign of life in other parts of the universe.
& # 39; It would be even more exciting to find traces of technological equipment that crashed onto the lunar surface a billion years ago, representing a letter from an alien civilization saying: & # 39; We exist & # 39 ;, Loeb writes.
& # 39; Without checking our mailbox, we would never know that such a message arrived. & # 39;
With the possibility that a lunar base will be built by the US or China, Loeb says that those findings are just around the corner.
WHAT IS THE ARTEMIS MISSION OF NASA AT THE MOON?
Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the moon in Greek mythology.
NASA has chosen her to personify his way back to the moon, causing astronauts to return to the lunar surface by 2024 – including the first woman and the next man.
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that enable human exploration of the moon and Mars.
Artemis 1 becomes the first integrated flight test of NASA & # 39; s deep space exploration system: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Artemis 1 will be an unmanned flight that will provide a basis for exploring deep space in humans, and will demonstrate our dedication and ability to extend human existence to the moon and beyond.
During this flight, the spacecraft will be launched on the world's most powerful rocket and fly farther than any human-built spacecraft has ever flown.
It will travel 280,000 miles (450,600 km) from Earth, thousands of miles past the moon over a three-week mission.
Artemis 1, formerly Exploration Mission-1, is the first in a series of increasingly complex missions that enable human exploration of the moon and Mars. This image explains the different phases of the mission
Orion stays in space longer than an astronaut ship has done without docking at a space station and returns home faster and hotter than ever before.
With this first reconnaissance mission, NASA is leading the next steps of human reconnaissance in the deep space where astronauts will build and test the moon systems needed for lunar surface missions and reconnaissance to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars.
They take the crew on a different route and test the critical systems of Orion with people on board.
The SLS rocket will move from an initial configuration that can send more than 26 tons to the moon, to a final configuration that can send at least 45 tons.
Together, Orion, SLS and Kennedy's ground systems can meet the most challenging crew and cargo mission needs in deep space.
Ultimately, NASA wants to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon by 2028 as a result of the Artemis mission.
The space agency hopes that this colony will discover new scientific discoveries, demonstrate new technological developments and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy.
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