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NASA reacts to Dr. Richard B. Hoover's discovery of "alien life"

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In response to the discovery of what Dr. Richard B. Hoover postulates to be an alien life form, and his broader hypothesis that these life forms are spread throughout the universe, NASA distanced itself from Hoover stating today:

NASA is a scientific and technical agency committed to a culture of openness with the media and public. While we value the free exchange of ideas, data, and information as part of scientific and technical inquiry, NASA cannot stand behind or support a scientific claim unless it has been peer-reviewed or thoroughly examined by other qualified experts. This paper was submitted in 2007 to the International Journal of Astrobiology. However, the peer review process was not completed for that submission. NASA also was unaware of the recent submission of the paper to the Journal of Cosmology or of the paper's subsequent publication. Additional questions should be directed to the author of the paper." – Dr. Paul Hertz, chief scientist of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington

As of 4:25pm today, a correction was appended.  The research was actually rejected after peer review when it was submitted to the International Journal of Astrobiology in 2007.   For the moment, Hoover's work remains at the fringe of the scientific community and NASA has pushed itself away from association with Dr. Hoover.  However, in FOXNews' exclusive interview just two days ago, FOXNews stated that:

Knowing that the study will be controversial, the journal invited members of the scientific community to analyze the results and to write critical commentaries ahead of time. Though none are online yet, those comments will be posted alongside the article, said Dr. Rudy Schild, a scientist with the Harvard-Smithsonian's Center for Astrophysics and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cosmology.

"Given the controversial nature of his discovery, we have invited 100 experts and have issued a general invitation to over 5,000 scientists from the scientific community to review the paper and to offer their critical analysis," Schild wrote in an editor's note along with the article. "No other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting, and never before in the history of science has the scientific community been given the opportunity to critically analyze an important research paper before it is published, he wrote."

There is yet some kind of hope for Dr. Hoover and his research.  Such is the nature of scientific discovery–a constant checking and re-checking of hypotheses before final confirmation can take place.  This process can take years so the baby hasn't been thrown out with the bathwater yet.

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