Skip to comments.Lichen Can Survive in Space: Space Station Research Sheds Light On Origin of Life
Posted on 06/24/2012 12:18:06 PM PDT by onedoug
...When astronauts venture on a spacewalk, hours are spent preparing protective suits to survive the hostile conditions. No effort was made to protect the bacteria, seeds, lichen and algae attached to the outside of the Space Station, however.
Lichen have proven to be tough cookies -- back on Earth, some species continue to grow normally.
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...
This latest information though, would seem to indicate mateorite transfer to Earth as a strengthened possibility.
I’m lichen it!
“I’ve been interested in the origins of life for some time, so this seemed very interesting to me.”
If you are that interested I suggest that you read Genesis.
The world-renowned crusader for Darwinism and atheism, Prof. Richard Dawkins, states:
We have seen that living things are too improbable and too beautifully designed to have come into existence by chance.
I read Genesis every year by virtue of the Torah cycle, and have no problem at all relating it with Robert Hazen’s “Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins”.
God turns up in the universe’s most fascinating places: all of it.
The only thing I got out of it is that lichen can survive in space for a certain amount of time. Anything beyond that is just speculation.
It’s all very simple. Live can live in and on rocks ~ both fungal and bacterial life forms (which are incredibly different), and that means that given 13 billion years to work with, life could have traveled quite a long way to just about everywhere.
On one of the space pings, someone figured out that our Voyager spacecraft, launched in the ‘70’s, would take just short of 100K years to reach Alpha Centari, the closest star outside of our solar system at present speed had they been aimed for an intercept course.
I find it hard to believe anything would survive the time, vacuum, cold and radiation for anything approaching that amount of time.
Mhmmm. Until life gets created out of nothing (impossible) in a science lab, you can chalk all of this up to impotent speculation. Real science is based upon observation, can be duplicated, and is refutable. Anything and EVERYTHING related to a time before we can observe, and have no record of, is pure fabrication, a big, fat, whopping lie, scientifically. This mumbo jumbo, and all other theories of evolution are mere scripture from the liberal church of the godless.
They might survive space but no way they’d live through two magazines of standing.45 silver rounds
If Earth life can survive in space, so can alien life; & the origins of life on Earth & the Universe could be far, far away.
Nothing comes from nothing.
I once assumed that nothing had preceded life’s reproduction. That is, that it had occured de novo, spontaneously with the onset of life. Now however, I suspect that the essential patterns were already laid out, i.e., “tried” if you will, by the replication, and even evolution, of several types of prebiotic molecules.(Ref. Hazen, #4 above)
Quite a few of these molecules figure prominantly in later biological sequencing of RNA and DNA, as the most prominant.
Given the sophistication of organic chemistry at this level, I’d even venture as to wonder whether God was working it out in His own “mind”.
It’s very compelling to wonder...at least for me. And I think God would understand and appreciate humanity trying to reason it out too.
I’ve got to admit that I was a little disappointed not to see the lichen experiments referenced in the paper the article cited, although the molecular sequences cited are still interesting.
A little further down of the same Science Daily page is a link to an article “Tiny Animals Exposed To Outer Space”. As it’s evidently from 2007 though, I suspect they didn’t fare too well. It will be interesting to dig up something on this, as I’ll try to do.
May I suggest two books?
Michael Denton entitled: Evolution: A Theory in Crisis
Michael Behe book entitled: Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
And plus this silly explanation doesn't explain the origin of life... it's just a cop out by saying it must have started elsewhere.
Personally, I think that Earth life began here. Yet even were it true that life began elsewhere, we’d still be compelled to ask, how and why? But I don’t doubt that the chemistry for life is ubiquitous and that at least “simple” biology could be too.
I supect the panels would have been re-stored in the returning spacecraft.
I’ve read them. And I’m using the term rather loosely. I know there are a lot of specific issues involved and don’t necessarily go along with all of them without question.
We already know there are bacteria buried in rocks deep within the earth. Their metabolism is so slow they could live tens of millions of years without running out of their available nutrition (from the rocks).
Evolution is a totally different story. It probably doesn't work like anyone has yet imagined. Odds are good we'll figure out how to tap into it soon and adjust genomes to eliminate genetic disease AND all unapproved changes.
Actually, we don't need to have a common ancestor if life spirals in from outerspace in all directions all the time.