NASA is about to announce the detection of alien life, according to a video claiming to have originated from a loose-knit network of hackers.
Anonymous, the hacking collective famed for its computer-voiced videos delivered from behind the safety of plastic Guy Fawkes masks, appears to have released a new video suggesting a world-changing announcement from America’s space agency is imminent.
“Our civilisation is on the verge of discovering evidence of alien life in the cosmos,” the video says NASA Professor Thomas Zurbuchen told his colleagues.
“Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are searching for alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history.”
The 12 minute video suggests the alien life goes beyond small microbes, and includes advanced space-faring creatures, as well as transdimensional beings.
It appeared on the YouTube channel Anonymous Global four days ago, and has since been viewed nearly 800,000. Its link to the hacking collective is unverified.
But how much of the video is an inside glimpse at NASA’s closely held interplanetary secrets, and how much is the ranting of a computerised voice behind a movie prop?
Likely more the latter than the former.
The source of the information in the video appears to be conspiracy website The Ancient Code, which carries numerous articles insisting mankind long ago made contact with aliens and the plausibility of time travel.
One article even insists the US is gearing up for a war in space.
But a series of legitimate recent discoveries by NASA's Kepler mission have raised hopes humanity may one day discover extraterrestial life.
The discovery of 10 Earth-like planets, in the ‘Goldilocks zones’ of their star systems, is a fact. NASA's deep space Kepler telescope has identified thousands of similar objects in recent years, bringing renewed hopes such a discovery is possible or even likely.
Hopes have also been high that life may exist below the surface of Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, while a series of planets in the Trappist-1 system, a mere 39 light years (389 trillion kilometres) away, have also brought renewed hype in the quest to meet the neighbours.
About 600 light years away, the eponymous Kepler system also appears home to potentially habitable worlds.
Last week Professor Zurbuchen tweeted that 229 more had been found, bringing the total of potential habitats found by the Kepler deep space telescope, and verified, to 2335.