Aliens may have occupied the Moon billions of years ago, new report claims.
With no liquid water and no atmosphere, our Moon is uninhabitable today, certainly for life as we know it, however, a recent report has claimed that there were two periods in history when it's likely alien life did exist there.
According to a recent report publishing in the Astrobiology journal, analysis of lunar materials such as soil and rock has provided evidence that the conditions on the Moon would likely have been able to support simple lifeforms around 4 billion years ago, and then again during a period around 3.5 billion years, when there was a large peak in volcanic activity on the Moon.
Scientists have said that they believe that during these two periods, the Moon was spewing out superheated gases from its core. One of the gases was water vapor, the scientists working on this believe that the water vapor could have formed pools of water on the surface of the moon, similar to how we have lakes on Earth today.
“If liquid water and a significant atmosphere were present on the early Moon for long periods of time, we think the lunar surface would have been at least transiently habitable,” said Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Washington State University and lead study into the investigation.
The scientists had been studying samples of lunar rock and soil, this showed them that the Moon certainly isn't as dry as they previously thought. They also said how in a 2010 space mission an international team of scientists discovered hundreds of millions of metric tons of ice on the Moon.
Further verifying these claims, evidence shows that the early moon was protected by a magnetic field. In lifeforms were living on the Moon this magnetic field would have protected them from the deadly solar winds, that today would certainly kill any forms of life that we currently understand today.
The researchers believe that when the solar system was originally formed, meteorites could have blasted off from the surface of the Earth and landed on the Moon (It is believed that meteorites are what brought Earth's first lifeforms to our planet). Living organisms being carried by those meteorites could have survived off of the pools of water on the Moon's surface once they arrived there and then flourished.
“It looks very much like the Moon was habitable at this time,” said Schulze-Makuch. “There could have actually been microbes thriving in water pools on the Moon until the surface became dry and dead.”
Although this is all theory at the moment as no hard evidence is yet presentable, many scientists believe that if we further push to investigate the Moon, we may very well come across proof of life a long time ago.
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