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Metallic orb could have been sent by aliens, suggests scientist

Scientists have found a tiny metal orb they believe is extraterrestrial in origin, has evidence of life on its exterior, and also has “a gooey biological material oozing” out of it. The lead scientist of the team who discovered the object suggests that it may have been sent by an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization for the purpose of seeding life on Earth.

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe
Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe (Credit: Davidnoy/Wikipedia)

This revelation comes from the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham and the University of Sheffield in England. The director of the center, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, is one of the leading proponents of a theory called panspermia.

Panspermia is the idea that life in space is abundant, and that biological material travels from planet to planet. For example, it may be ejected from a planet via a meteor strike, or volcanic explosion, and then many years later falls onto a barren planet seeding life.  An even more controversial version of this theory is called “directed panspermia,” which is the purposeful seeding of life on other planets by an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization.

The findings by the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology in this area have been highly controversial. They claim to have several examples of microbial life from extraterrestrial sources. Their latest claim is regarding samples they received from a balloon they launched into the stratosphere. They gathered samples of material floating around up there. It is believed that the stratosphere is too high for microbes from Earth to reach, so any they find must be extraterrestrial.

Alien seeding Earth with life in the movie Prometheus.
Alien seeding Earth with life in the movie Prometheus.

Among these samples is one they have named the “Dragon Particle.” In October of last year, team lead Professor Milton Wainwright told the press that they believe this particle is a space fairing “biological entity.”

Professor Milton Wainwright. (Credit: University of Sheffield)
Professor Milton Wainwright. (Credit: University of Sheffield)

Their latest announcement is also in regards to a sample found during their sampling of the stratosphere. However, this sample was not found in the containment system used to collect samples, like the dragon particle, rather it was found on the balloon itself.

Their system worked by exposing their sample collector after the balloon had reached the stratosphere. It then closed before it returned. In this way they could be certain that the samples were obtained from the stratosphere. However, the orb was found on the balloon itself.

Although it was not found in the collector, Wainwright says the orb made a small crater in the balloon, indicating it hit the balloon at a very high velocity, which would not be the case with an object that came up from the Earth’s surface and was falling back down into the atmosphere.

When they analyzed the orb, Professor Wainwright told the Daily Express, “We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium.”

The mysterious metallic orb found by the team at the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology. (Credit: University of Buckingham)
The mysterious metallic orb found by the team at the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology. (Credit: University of Buckingham)

The surprises did not stop there. Wainwright described the object: “It is  a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its centre.”

Wainwright went on to speculate on the object’s origin: “One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life.”

Wainwright admits that the idea of directed panspermia sounds like science fiction, but he also notes that the idea was “very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Sir Francis Crick.”

Although Wainwright suggests the orb may have been sent here by aliens, he does admit, “Unless of course we can find details of the civilisation that is supposed to have sent it in this respect it is probably an unprovable theory.”

Many mainstream scientists have argued that the findings by Wainwright and his colleagues, while intriguing, have not proven definitively that they are not the result of contamination by terrestrial particles.

The "Dragon Particle." Scientists say this is an image of a space-borne biological entity. (Credit: University of Buckingham)
The “Dragon Particle.” Scientists say this is an image of a space-borne biological entity. (Credit: University of Buckingham)

Wainwright notes that NASA is conducting a similar experiment as the one done by Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology by sending their own balloon into the stratosphere to look for life.

“Hopefully they will get the same results as we have, whether or not they acknowledge what the  team have found, or claim the discovery for themselves remains to be seen,” says Wainwright.

Meanwhile, Wainwright and his colleagues at the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology will continue to further analyze their samples, and look for more evidence that supports their belief that life is abundant in space, and some if it falls to Earth on a regular basis.

Wainwright told the Daily Express: “Mainstream science and institutions have fought against theories which expound these beliefs but now evidence from meteorites, from samples of bacteria from space and from space observation is making resistance more difficult.

“Proving that the Earth is in a constant exchange of matter with the larger cosmos would have implications not only in terms of our identity, but could also give us insight into alien viruses which may be important for our group identity, evolution and survival itself.”

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. Calling this formerly undiscovered atmospheric species extraterrestrial is like calling birds alien because they fly in the sky. While it is a monumental discovery that earth has life from the volcanic vents on the sea bottom to the stratosphere, calling it space borne might be a premature leap. It might also be the right one but more experimentation needs to be done like higher altitude sampling and live specimen capture. Exciting find. Hope it’s pursued.

  2. This is an interesting find, but is anyone considering this may be something that was manufactured right here on earth?

  3. Sorry Jimmy Swindell…clicked on your first link…the only flying object I see in any of your photos is a helicopter. Other than clouds, what the heck are you talking about? I searched each one for something but found absolutely nothing.

  4. “It is believed that the stratosphere is too high for microbes from Earth to reach, so any they find must be extraterrestrial.”

    Microbes from Earth can’t reach the stratosphere, but they can leave a planet and travel through space…???

    That seems basically flawed logic.

  5. Quite a coincidence, the fact that the leading scientist just happens upon this unholy grail-y ball? Nope. I call “bunk.”

  6. I don’t get why you didn’t post my comment from 2 weeks ago…which had a correction. The orb was NOT on the outside of the balloon…it was on the collector plate. If you’d like to discuss why I am sure of this, write me at dbwillis@aol.com


  7. If aliens are seeding life here on earth with microscopic particles- we are in deep doo doo.

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