Did E.T. finally phone home?
December 1st, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Did E.T. finally phone home?

The truth is out there.

NASA is planning to hold a news conference Thursday "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life."

The Web is abuzz with speculation about what that cryptic phrase might mean.

"Our guess is that this astrobiological discovery will have something to do with water, evolutionary biology, and aquatic bacteria," the Geek Tech bloggers at PCWorld say.

Gaming and fantasy site Kotaku thinks it could mean life-friendly conditions - or even living organisms - have been found on Saturn's moon Rhea.

"There's only one thing this could mean: NASA has aliens. Now let's just hope they're the friendly, ET-kind of visitors, and not the warlike Klingon types," Stephen Losey wrote (tongue-in-cheek) on FederalTimes.com.

Blogger Jason Kottke analyzed the lineup of scientists slated to appear at the press conference and came up with his own conclusion:

"If I had to guess at what NASA is going to reveal on Thursday, I'd say that they've discovered arsenic on Titan and maybe even detected chemical evidence of bacteria utilizing it for photosynthesis (by following the elements). Or something like that."

Leave it to Discover.com's level-headed Phil Plait to throw a wet space blanket on the hype over the possible discover of extraterrestrial life:

"It seems really unlikely; I don't think they would announce it in this way," he writes. "It would've been under tighter wraps, for one thing. It's more likely they've found a new way life can exist and that evidence for these conditions exists on other worlds. But without more info, I won't speculate any farther than that."

Hmfph. Party pooper.

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  1. Jamal O'Daniel

    The US Govt has had a law forbidding citizens to come in contact with aliens and this law has been on the books since the 50's.!?!?!? The aliens found us long ago.

    December 2, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • onesimpleguy

      Yes, i think they required a green card for that or some kind of proof of residence... Doesn't Arizona has the same law?... lol!

      December 2, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. really?

    What? ET called home? Sarah Palin must be so happy.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • onesimpleguy

      I bet she will say she can see ET's home from Alaska too...

      December 2, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. mattski

    Sounds important, yet CNN continues to represent the topic with joke images and laughter. Kyra Phillips gets on the air and can't contain her laughter as she reports on a similar story in September. People are too afraid of being laughed at to take this story seriously, but mention angels? They all immediately embrace that myth, and with a straight face.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. longgone

    Everyone always seems to make light of this, if you are closed minded, then I guess cracking jokes is normal. The Universe is way beyond the comprehension of man, how can there not be other life? Earth has already been visited by other life, maybe one day the nonbelievers will open their minds and close their mouths.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. mattski

    Gliese 581G was recently discovered, a rocky planet in the Goldilocks zone of its Sun, capable of containing liquid water. It was the first rocky planet found in a Sun's Goldilocks zone and it was a huge announcement. And we will likely discover a flood of new planets like this as we get better at itendifying them from the dimming light of their sun as they pass in front of it. Maybe this announcement is related to that in some way?

    December 2, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    Ah reminds me once again why I love the Bad Astronomer Phil Plait. His Discover blog is really quite good for anyone interested in astronomy or the like.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Redeye Dog

    This can only mean they found sperm of a higher order which is controlling all of our thoughts from distant galaxies while we sleep. Sperm rules!!

    December 2, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. MJ

    Ohh my god, Michael is alive!!

    December 2, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Weazle

    Last week's broadcast of the Dutch TV programme Labyrint already disclosed some of it:

    http://weblogs.vpro.nl/labyrint/

    regards

    December 2, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    Imagine if there was real intelligent life...it would make all of our issues here on this planet seem petty, especially in our own country from the political landscape of left vs. right or black vs white...we may acutally be enlightened to learn that our own arguments and belief systems are completely insignificant. Nothing will mobilize a planet like ours than the discovery of real intelligent life...just hope they are friendly and I pray that if they are not as advance as we are that we don't do to them like we did to the Native American Indians or the what Spain did to the Aztechs...

    December 2, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Eric

    Maybe they are called ET for extra testicles. ;-)

    December 2, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. THe dish

    The moon is made of swiss cheese, NASA confirms!

    December 2, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. noname

    i think that time, not distance, is the greatest barrier between to two advanced civilizations meeting. the odds of a civilization surviving itself long enough to make contact with another are very low. even if one survived 100 million years, that is still an insignificant amount of time on a universal scale.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. tct

    They discovered there used to be politicians on Mars, but they died off before they could evolve into bacteria.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. klynch67

    The evidence is already here, all over the Earth. It has just been swept under the rug and not acknowledged.

    http://www.truthofalltruths.org

    December 2, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
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