It turns out that the truth might be out there after all. According to a Cosmonaut, a swab of the International Space Station revealed bacteria that is not of our world.
“That is, they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface. They are being studied so far, and it seems that they pose no danger,” said cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency.
In 2014, another Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Solovyov claimed that sea plankton and other microorganisms were spotted in cosmonauts’ spacewalk samples.
Popular Science refutes the finding, saying that even if the so-called alien bacteria was found on the ISS before launch, it doesn’t necessarily mean they came from somewhere outside of the Earth.
They cited a paper published in Astrobiology which suggested space dust colliding with Earth’s atmosphere can propel microbes out of our atmosphere and into space.
The internet quickly predicted the end times as well as other hilarious conspiracy theories that sound like a script from “The X-Files” or “X-Men.” See them below:
Nice knowing you all! https://t.co/B1cW2nr0Wi
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) December 21, 2017
maybe THIS is how xmen actually started. https://t.co/jqdN2CFTmGADVERTISEMENT
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) December 21, 2017
— Mrs Isabel M Chisvo-Cutter (@IMCutterUN) December 19, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
We've been saying trump will eventually infect the whole of the Universe – but this quick…
— John Michael Kane (@jmk_us) December 21, 2017
Nancy Pelosi: "The alien bacteria found on the space station demonstrates how this tax bill endangers us all"
— Frankenstein Tax Bill that Killed Tiny Tim (@CounterMoonbat) December 21, 2017
https://t.co/lpVWKHwW9D At the end of day does it matter if the 'alien' bacteria was brought from Earth and evolved or landed from elsewhere? I mean it's surviving IN SPACE. #alien #SETi #Extraterrestrial #LIFE #itExists #theTurthIsOutTHEREADVERTISEMENT
— Derek (@P1L0T) December 6, 2017
— Bill Nye Science Guy (@billnyefilm) December 4, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
Toilet duct required
— William Moser (@williammoser40) November 27, 2017
Prometheus was good, Alien Covenant not quite so.
— bill stewardson (@stewardson_bill) November 27, 2017
There's plenty of alien life inside Hull as well 👽ADVERTISEMENT
— ℑⱳ ☠ (@Witti23) November 27, 2017
Oh god! The mention of space and suddenly Twitter loses its mind with fake International Space Stations, fake moon landings and flat earth conspiracy theories. 🙄
— TALTY (@_TALTY) November 27, 2017ADVERTISEMENT
THE END IS NEAR! REPENT!!!
— Bradley (@YakamaNation) November 27, 2017
I've seen this movie. Doesn't end well
— Lord Dampnut (@LordDampnuts) December 21, 2017