Saw this over on James McGrath’s blog “Exploring our Matrix”:
“NASA is going to be holding a press conference on December 2nd, and the line-up of panelists has some speculating that they will be announcing that they have discovered life elsewhere than on Earth (or at least from elsewhere). The NASA press release simply says that it relates to an ‘astrobiology discovery’ and that it will ‘discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.'”
Here’s hoping they’re going to say something interesting like it’s been determined that the controversial bacterial fossils found on Antarctic meteorites are of Martian origin. Or something like that.
Again, to my mind, the most interesting question is whether or not the extraterrestrial life is DNA based or not. As I used to point out to my students, if it’s DNA based, that is a pretty big piece of evidence in support of the Panspermia theory of the origin of life on Earth.