The shadowy hacker collective Anonymous believes that NASA is about to announce that it has discovered an alien life of some kind.
We’ve looked into these claims and concluded they are, at best, a bone-headed misunderstanding of mundane statements from a NASA official in April, or, at worst, a bald-faced lie playing all of us for clicks.
Either way, it’s not worth our time to fully debunk or yours to deeply consider. Simply put, there’s no evidence that NASA is about to reveal that it’s found aliens.
Anonymous cites out-of-context testimony from Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, given during an April 26 hearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology.
Consider what Zurbuchen actually said in his written testimony [emphasis added]:
“… We haven’t found definitive signs of life elsewhere just yet, our search is making remarkable progress and astrobiology is a focus of a growing number of NASA missions.”
That’s a far cry from saying something like, “Oh boy, oh wow, we’ve definitely found little green men, but I can’t tell you about it yet because we’re a very secretive government agency,” which seems to be what Anonymous heard.
Oh, and also, Zurbuchen flatly denies the Anonymous report.
Are we alone in the universe? While we do not know yet, we have missions moving forward that may help answer that fundamental question.
— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 26, 2017