Last week, hacktivist group Anonymous posted a YouTube video saying that NASA was on the verge of announcing something major: the discovery of intelligent alien life in outer space.
The claim is not totally unbelievable—at least 10 of the 219 new planets outside earth’s solar system that NASA announced last Monday are presumably the right size and temperature to potentially support life. The latest research is based on observations made by Kepler during the first four years of its primary mission.
So what’s the deal? Do they come in peace? Is E.T. a real dude? Can we get him over here to phone home, put his buddies on speaker and confirm that aliens, indeed, exist?
Nah. Anonymous didn’t dig up any more details on extraterrestrial existence than the rest of us already know. Their video was based upon comments made by Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate, at a congressional hearing of the committee on Advances in the Search for Life back in April.
“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,” Zurbuchen said.
Sure, Zurbuchen’s statement does sound pretty promising out of context, but he just means that NASA is pumped about the advances we’ve made in our ability to search for life on other planets—not any particular piece of evidence of life on other planets. It’s a classic bait-and-switch: We bring you aliens, JK, just some cool devices that might help us look for aliens.
But what if Anonymous is only trying to tell us that aliens exist because they are aliens? Does anybody really even know?
Listen to the YouTube message below… You decide.