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.