In July of 2001, a mysterious red rain reached a great area of the south of India.
Inhabitants believed that rain was an announcement of the end of the world, but the official explanation was of that rain had been caused for the dust of the desert that was blown of the Arabian peninsula.
But Godfrey Louis, a scientist in the region, was presumptuous of that it had something more uncommon happening.
Louis discovered that gifts in rain were very small biological cells, but, for the fact of these cells pparently not to present DNA, the essential component of all the life in the Land, the scientist concluded that these cells could be foreign forms of life.
“This incredible allegation is that (the cells) they are, possibly, extraterrestrial. This is a great allegation, I knows, but all the experiments apóiam this allegation”, said Louis.
The work of Louis placed in action a chain of events, with scientists in the world all debating the origin of these mysterious cells.
The main reason why the ideas of Louis had not been ridicularizadas immediately after its launching was the relation with a theory defended for two British scientists since the decade of 1960
The deceased Fred Hoyle and professor Chandra Wickramasinghe had been the main scientists to defend the Panspermia, the idea from that the life in the Land if originated in another planet.
The scientists had speculated that the life was brought for the Land for a comet. In the last decade, the Panspermia has been each time more taken the serious one.
The space agency American NASA is each interested time more in the search for extraterrestrial life.
To find life in another place of the Solar System would be a vital stimulaton for the theory of the Panspermia.
Another division of NASA is dedicated to the study of batteries found in the Land that can survive the extreme conditions.
To find these types of battery can become most likely the survival of microrganismos during a trip for the space, in a meteorite.
“Bacteria need to aguentar the extreme cold of the space, the vacuum, ultraviolet radiation, cosmic rays. It seems to want very of a bacterium. But, of what we know, the survival in the space more or less is guaranteed. Bacteria seem to have been born to be travelling of the space”, said Wickramasinghe.
The BBC folloied Wickramasinghe professor in a trip to India in the way of 2006 to investigate fenônemo of red rain.
Together with Louis, the scientists had visited people who had testified rain.
Wickramasinghe examined the work of Louis, that sample that red rain can duplicate 300º C, an essential attribute of a microorganism that had that to aguentar extreme temperatures.
Everything this convinced Wickramasinghe of that red rain is a form of foreign life.
“Before coming, it had great doubts if red rain was same an indication of life coming of the space, new life coming of the space”, said.
“But, reflecting and after talking with Godfrey (Louis), I go to believe that (red rain) it represented an invasion of microbes of the space”, it added.
Many scientists remain skeptical. But if Wickramasinghe and Louis will be certain, will be the strongest test of that the theory of the Panspermia can be correct.