Philae may have discovered signs of alien life on comet

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It is exciting times for the world ever since Philae lander woke up from its' slumber last month. Scientists now believe that the comet it is residing on could be home to alien life and evidence relayed by Philae and Rosetta point towards this indeed being the case.

It is thought that the crust of the comet is made up of microbes which are frozen below ice which would explain the comet's black colour. Rosetta has also picked up patterns of organic material which seem to resemble viral particles on the surface of the comet and the coming weeks could be a busy time for researchers as the comet approaches its' nearest point to the sun which would see signs of life become more active.

However, neither Rosetta or Philae are equipped to directly test for signs of life after a proposal to include technology to do that was rejected at the inception of the project. Astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, who was part of the mission development team said "I wanted to include a very inexpensive life-detection experiment. At the time it was thought this was a bizarre proposition."

Philae touched down and anchored itself on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as part of the Rosetta Space Mission in November of last year. The mammoth mission consisted of a 10 year journey to get Philae close enough to the comet to land and it did so in some style which is a testament to human endeavour.

Due the position that Philae landed, it went into hibernation mode shortly after arriving due to a lack of sunlight to power its' solar panels. Philae recommenced communication with Rosetta again on June 13th due to increasing exposure to sunlight as the comet travels closer to the sun along its' course.

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