NASA had everyone buzzing when it said that it would be holding a press conference today that "will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." What's the big news? Well, the government agency has discovered a new microbe that has a different DNA from all other life forms on Earth.
Before you get freaked out about I Am Number Four becoming a reality, you should know that what was discovered is not an alien. Some may be calling it an "alien" life form, but that's just because it's an unfamiliar organism.
Why is this so exciting? "This idea that it's possible to substitute things changes the way we look at living things, and changes the way we think about what's possible," Bill Nye the Science Guy said on CNN today.
"This is an adaptaption of life as we know it, doing something that we didn't think it could," astronomer Jill Tarter said on the news channel. "[It's] just an indication that life is far more adaptable than perhaps we give it credit for. But what this does, perhaps, is expand the habitable real estate out there. It's really intriguing."
What do you think of NASA's new discovery? Are you excited about the possibilities or scared by them? Were you kind of hoping the scientists discovered aliens? %Poll-56405%