Have we found life from the moon? So asks the article Microorganisms
from the Moon: Russian biologists recognize fossils of microorganisms in
lunar soil (27 October 2000). This reports new microscopic analysis of
samples from the lunar surface collected from the then Soviet Union’s Luna
missions in 1970 and 1972. These samples contained spherical particles
that are ‘virtually identical to fossils of known
biological species’ in size, shape, distribution and even the way
they are deformed during fossilization. The report claims: ‘These fossils are solid evidence for ancient life elsewhere
in space.’ So how should we regard these claims?
Did life really arise
from a ‘primordial soup’?
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We should certainly wait until more evidence comes in.
Many times, evolutionists have triumphantly announced ‘proofs’ of
evolution or something else against the Christian world view, and the
secular media uncritically splashed them over the front page. But later,
this evidence has been discredited by further discovery. We have only to
remember Archaeoraptor, pushed as ‘proof’ of dinosaur-to-bird
evolution by the influential National Geographic, but later
exposed as a hoax (see Archaeoraptor
hoax update: National Geographic recants!). More closely
related to the moon life claim is of course the alleged ‘life’ found in
the meteorite labeled ALH84001, supposedly from Mars. This has been
discredited on a number of grounds, but the media and assorted
‘skeptics’ didn’t give the retraction anywhere near the same publicity.
See Life on
Mars? Separating fact from fiction and Mars claims weaken
One of the many problems with the alleged Mars life was
that contamination from Earth life is almost inevitable. Supposedly this
shouldn’t be a problem with this ‘moon life’ because the samples have
been kept in sealed containers from when they were collected on the moon
to their examination in the laboratory. But they may be underestimating
the abilities of microbes to invade containers, and do we really know
how effectively sealed they were during the entire time since they
returned from the moon — almost 30 years?
The origin of life from non-living chemicals (called
‘spontaneous generation’, ‘abiogenesis’ or ‘chemical evolution’) is
chemically impossible for many reasons, even under the best conditions
Origin of Life). But the moon has appalling conditions — waterless,
airless, temperature extremes, and exposure to damaging radiation.
Therefore if this report does turn out to be genuine
evidence for life on the moon, this life couldn’t have begun there.
Rather, it may be Earth life that was somehow transported to the Moon.
After all, the ALH84001 meteorite found its way to Earth from Mars, so
it’s hardly impossible for things to be transported out of the earth as
well. A violent meteoritic impact could conceivably knock material out,
with a speed exceeding escape velocity. Or spores could be carried so
high up that the solar wind could move them.
This is supported by the fact that the Moon fossils
were ‘virtually identical to fossils of known
biological species’ and had an ‘unmistakable
resemblance to modern spiral filamentous microorganisms like
Phormidium frigidum, found in growing stromatolith [sic]
in Shark Bay, Australia’. Evolutionists frequently use common
structures to ‘prove’ a common ancestry (although a common designer
would explain them better), so it’s difficult to believe that almost
identical structures evolved independently on different places with
vastly different environments.
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