Anonymous, the hacking group, claims that alien life exists and the hacking collective believes NASA is about to confirm.
The team made 12-and-a-half minute video published on an unofficial YouTube channel on Tuesday. The video focuses findings by the American space organization including the discovery of over 200 planets, 10 of which have similar conditions to Earth, by NASA’s Kepler space telescope team in June, as well as comments by a senior NASA official in a U.S. government hearing.
While Anonymous is probably correct in the belief that NASA is on the verge of discovering extraterrestrial life, it is a huge claim to say that there is actual evidence for it.
“There are many who claim that unofficially, mankind has already made contact with aliens and not just little micro organisms floating around inside a massive alien ocean, but advanced space-faring civilisations,” the video said.
NASA has made statements in the past that the discovery of aliens is a matter of when, rather than if.
“Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are specifically searching for evidence of alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, before the House Committee on Science, Space in April.
While scientists may be excited about the possibility of finding aliens, NASA has never claimed any evidence to have done so.
The Kepler Space Telescope discussed by Anonymous in the video, which launched in 2009 has discovered over 4,000 possible planets, including 30 planets the same size to Earth and could host life, located within the same solar system of Earth.
Earlier this year, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson during a Reddit AMA discussed the possibility of alien life.
“No. I think they (we) might all be too far away from one another in space and possibly time. By complex, I’m presuming you mean life other than single-celled organisms. Life with legs, arms, thoughts, etc. It’s all about our capacity to travel interstellar distances. And that’s surely not happening in the next 50 years. Not the rate things are going today.”
It is important to consider Fermi’s Paradox. There are currently around 100 billion planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone. If a small percentage of them are habitable, that would still provide the existence of alien life on millions of planets, and intelligent life on hundreds of thousands of those planets. Given these facts, the Fermi’s Paradox argues – why are we alone?
Moreover, research from the Australian National University in 2016 suggested the reason we may not have found alien life is because any life that may have existed on other planets has died out. Survival on Earth is largely in part due to chance. In fact, Cornell astronomers argue that due to the sheer amount of time it would take extraterrestrial life to receive our signals and respond, it could be around 1,500 years before we hear anything from any alien neighbors. Not to mention, Stephen Hawking argues any first contact with alien life as dangerous.