Organic Molecules and Conspiracies Abound As Philae and Rosetta Explore Comet 67P’s Secrets

By on November 19, 2014 // Space // 6 Comments

Image: DLR German Aerospace Center via CC by 2.0
Image: DLR German Aerospace Center via CC by 2.0

On November 12, 2014, ten years after its journey began, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander successfully (bouncily) touched down on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is the first mission of its kind, and already scientists have uncovered exciting data that may shed light on the origin of life on Earth.

That’s right: by “sniffing” the comet’s atmosphere, Philae has detected “organic molecules,” carbon compounds that could potentially lend even more credence to the panspermia hypothesis. However, according to BBC News, exactly which molecules we’re talking about and how complex they are is still to be determined. There’s always more to come.

Now that’s really cool, you say, but what about the fact that 67P isn’t even a comet?

Oh, well that’s…wait, what?

I guess that’s also right: you can’t have a space mission without a few weird stories to go with it (and I’m not even going to get into Russia’s new satellite assassin…well, maybe later).

The truth is — the truth is — that Comet 67P is not actually a comet, but rather an alien spacecraft. And Philae and Rosetta’s trip to 67P is not a scientific endeavor, but rather a mission of “first contact.” This conspiracy seems to have originated from the to-be-taken-seriously UFO Sightings Daily, in the form of an alleged email.

Now, my bet is on comet 67P being an actual comet, but sometimes I can’t help myself. I needed to share.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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  • Arethrid

    Interesting, thanks for sharing.

    • Rob

      And thank you for reading!

  • luke

    great job. please keep following this story for us. Your articles are informative and always fun

  • Wulff

    Hi Rob, what I like about you is…. you remind me of me!! LOL, I like how you wish something strange was true but like myself, you know from past experiences that it is probably not true… but there is always that slim chance that.. ‘just maybe!’ Being a skeptic in a strange universe we live in I think we are looking for that one story that can be proved!
    One of the stories I like is where the early 1900’s watch was found in soil in a tomb that has been sealed for 400 years! I would just once like to know if there is a shred of evidence to support time travel or if someone broke into said tomb and ‘planted’ watch sometime in the past? Also, I have heard (and saw a photo) that said “Germany” on it, and later on I hear (but saw no photo) that it said “SWISS” on it.
    At least this is one mystery with photos! Well, I wasted enough of your time.
    -Phil from Arizona