NASA Press Conference Ignites ET Rumors

Alien idea debunked, but speculation rages
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Dec 1, 2010 12:26 PM CST
A NASA press conference tomorrow has sparked rumors about aliens.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – NASA has announced a press conference tomorrow “to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life,” and alien enthusiasts have been wondering: have scientists found ET? An insider’s tweet debunked that rumor, but the net remains abuzz with curiosity over what NASA might have planned, MSNBC reports. It’s unusual for the space agency, whose conferences “don’t ordinarily cause a clamor,” notes Mediaite.

Perhaps “Titan is populated by extremely technologically advanced Sephardic Jews,” who will prompt “all of Israel’s neighbors” to “announce their desire for a lasting peace treaty,” wonders Jonah Goldberg at the National Review. Or, “more likely,” writes Phil Plait at Discover, “they’ve found a new way life can exist and that evidence for these conditions exists on other worlds.” Here's a roundup on the matter, and some other possibilities.

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