A TOP scientist plans a mission to find out what he believes alien technology lies at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Controversial astrophysicist Avi Loeb believes an interstellar object that crashed on Earth in 2014 was some kind of spacecraft.
A report from the US Space Command (USSC). published last week confirmed that the object was from another star system.
The agency concluded that the projectile that streaked across the sky off the coast of Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, was a meteor.
Prof. Loebhowever, has none of it. He claimed on Wednesday that the object could have been built by extraterrestrials.
“Our discovery of an interstellar meteor heralds a new frontier in research,” the Harvard astronomer wrote in an essay for The debriefing.
“The fundamental question is whether any interstellar meteor could point to a composition that is clearly artificial in origin.
“Better still, maybe some technological components would survive the impact.”
Prof. Loeb has spent decades studying astronomy and more recently has focused on the possibility that life exists beyond Earth.
His bold claims often make headlines, and he has been criticized by others in his field for his outlandish extraterrestrial theories.
In fact, working with a student at Harvard, Prof. Loeb was the astronomer who identified the object as interstellar a few years ago.
The couple wrote a memoir about it but were told not to publish it because they were using classified government data in their research.
After the USSC confirmed their suspicion on April 7, Loeb calls for an expedition to find the remains of the object.
In his paper, he noted that a “scoop magnet” recovery expedition could be conducted to explore the 10 square kilometer region of the Pacific Ocean where the object is believed to have landed.
“My dream is to push some buttons on a working device made off Earth,” he added.
The prolific astrophysicist is no stranger to controversy.
He has presented provocative research on black holes, space radiation, the early universe and other topics in his field.
For the past decade, he’s focused on a more controversial topic: the possibility that Earth has been visited by extraterrestrials.
Prof Loeb has repeatedly claimed that Oumuamua — an interstellar object that flew through the solar system in 2017 — was alien-sent technology.
He doubled down on the highly controversial comments – which earned him headlines around the world – in a book published last year.
“What would happen if a caveman saw a cell phone?” Loeb wrote. “He’s seen rocks his whole life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock.”
He faulted astronomers who argued the object was a comet, saying it was like “letting the familiar define what we might discover.”
Many scientists have dismissed his outlandish claims, branding them reckless and irresponsible.
Loeb directs the Galileo project, which aims to build a network of advanced telescopes that will scan the skies for signs of extraterrestrial life.
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