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Spreading Life

Directed Panspermia

Ryan Schwalbe

on 22 February 2010

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Transcript of Spreading Life

SPREADING LIFE Panspermia "Life comes from space because life comes from life" Work Cited "An Atmospheric Test of Cometary Panspermia by Wickramasinghe, Hoyle and Narlikar." COSMIC ANCESTRY: The modern version of panspermia. by Brig Klyce. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.panspermia.org/balloon2.htm>.
COSMIC ANCESTRY: The modern version of panspermia. by Brig Klyce. Web. 21 Feb. 2010. <http://www.panspermia.org/>.
"Panspermia." The Worlds of David Darling. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/P/panspermia.html>.
"NASA - Astrobiology - Latest News." NASA Astrobiology. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/news/expandnews.cfm?id=295>. The idea of directed Panspermia is the idea that intellegent life meaning humans can spread life intentionaly to srounding plants if facing anhillation or to spread the civiliztion. But.... The scientific community widely discounts this hypothsis of directed panspermia. First the way this idea is presented is very out there I think we can all agree that.
Secondly there are some flaws in the idea, the most major arguement is that the bacteria and early life could not have survived space travle and started life.
Tied in with that argument is that cosmic radiation and stellar winds would make it very hard for bacteria and life to survive.
Lastly the shear lack of evidence and sientific proof, this is why it is a hypothisis not a theroy.

However there is compelling evidence and new developments that might change things. In 2007 a 12 day orbital mission, Foton-m3. The capsule was filled with fluid, biological, crystal growth experiments to put them up against space radiation. The results were promising.
There are also future experiment to help the hypothsis of directed panspermia.
One such ecperiment will be in 2011, the goal is to test whether organisms can survive a few years in deep space. History of the hypothesis

One of the most influential men in the hypothesis of panspermia was Francis Crick . After developing the idea and structure of the DNA molecule he when insearch for the origns of genetic code. He proposed the idea of "Directed Panspermia" that seeds of life may have been purposely spread by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization facing catastrophic annihilation or to set up for later colinization. But why? The future by: Ryan Schwalbe
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