Astronomer and astrobiologist, Chandra Wickramasinghe, and his colleague, Max Willis, from the University of Cardiff, report that the comet that is now home to the Philae lander could also be home to alien life.
The comet’s organic-rich black crust can be best explained by the presence of living organisms under its icy surface.
The astronomers believe that comets like 67P could be inhibited by microbes similar to “extremophiles,” which live in the most unreceptive parts of earth.
The European Space Agency’s Rosetta craft that is orbiting the comet also reported the pick up of unusual “clusters” of organic material that look like viral particles.
Watch here for a visual representation of the Philae Comet: