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. CompleXz

    What Nasa just has announced is BIG NEWS! Why is CNN treating this historical moment like a joke?

    December 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin

    Wow, so many people seem to think they are funny... when in reality it's really unfunny, closed minded, and annoying.

    December 2, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ET

    A billion planets plus and earth is the only life sustaining planet? THINK ABOUT IT!!!
    There are aliens in your midst.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. 1creator

    Aliens or Man kind, all created by God.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tulipan

    What type of astrobiological discovery are we talking about? Where was it found??

    December 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. timber03

    Hasn't anybody figured this out yet? This is the government saying that they will be releasing area 51/52 info before wikileaks has the opportunity to.

    December 14, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |

    THE TRUTH: Extra-terrestrials have been visiting our planet for a long time. The cover-up of the millenia is slowly coming to an end. Our planet is about to launch into a new era. Don't listen to the government. Open your mind. Think for your self. Question Authority.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
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