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Press Release – The Search for Extra-terrestrial Life Comes to Huddersfield

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

Press Release – 18 September 2013

This September sees the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield play host to a series of lectures that will look at the prospect that extra-terrestrial life has already been discovered, not only by NASA during the Viking Mission to Mars in 1976, but independently by two UK scientists years earlier.

The 5th Annual British Exopolitics Expo, this year held at the University of Huddersfield, is focusing its public lecture series on the Secrets of the Solar System and features a lecture by one of those pioneering scientists.

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, who originally discovered bacteria in space with the famous Yorkshire astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle in 1974, will present a lecture detailing how recent discoveries of fossilised microorganisms in certain types of meteorites, and also living diatoms (a type of algae) found falling into Earth’s atmosphere from space, continues to strengthen their theory of Cometary Panspermia which will have its 40 anniversary next year.

Professor Wickramasinghe, a Team Member of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission which, in 2014 will see a robotic probe land on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, is the leading proponent of Cometary Panspermia which stipulates that microbes found in space and on Earth originally grew and multiplied in comets in the early period of our solar system before seeding life on planet Earth.

In lecture “Extra-terrestrial Life: Discovery & Disclosure” former Analytical Scientist, Anthony Beckett will present the evidence showing that NASA did indeed discover evidence of microbial life on Mars 37 years ago and suggests that the reason the data was not accepted was political and not scientifically based.

Skipton-born Open University tutor Andrew Johnson will look further at the “Secrets of the Solar System” and suggest that there is evidence of extra-terrestrial life, not only limited to simple life forms but perhaps extra-terrestrial intelligences may have left their mark … if we knew what to look for.

The conference which also features US Historian Richard Dolan and Nexus magazine editor Marcus Allen is being held at the University of Huddersfield’s Canalside West Lecture on Firth Street, Huddersfield on Saturday September 28th 2013.

This is an event organised by Anthony Beckett, who is the executive producer of Exopolitics Great Britain – an organisation that has been promoting the notion that we are not alone by holding international Exopolitics conferences in the United Kingdom. Tickets are prices £20 and £15 for N.U.S. card holders.

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