Is There an Easy Way to Tell If a Planet Has Life?

If fettuccine-like rock formations are ever found on other planets, it could be a clear sign of the existence of extraterrestrial life.
If fettuccine-like rock formations are ever found on other planets, it could be a clear sign of the existence of extraterrestrial life.

Mankind has been searching for life on other planets for ages, but so far, the rock that will rock our world has remained elusive. The aforementioned rock is a type of crystalline formation that looks like layers of pasta, specifically resembling fettuccine.

According to scientists, if we ever discover one of these formations on Mars, Venus, or any other planet, we will have our first evidence of possible life beyond Earth.

The reason that such a formation equates to life is that it is formed by Sulfuri microbes, a type of bacterium that can survive in all kinds of hostile environments. On Earth, at least, such formations are not difficult to identify, so it could just be a matter of time before an Earth probe orders some fettuccine rock and changes everything we know about our universe.

"If we see the deposition of this kind of extensive filamentous rock on other planets, we would know it’s a fingerprint of life," said Bruce Fouke, a professor geology and microbiology at the University of Illinois. "It’s big and it’s unique. No other rocks look like this. It would be definitive evidence of the presences of alien microbes."

Is there anybody out there?

  • In 2020, astronomers detected a radio signal from outer space that repeated every 16 days for more than a year; the source remains unknown.

  • Stephen Hawking once warned that any alien life that could travel to Earth could very well be hostile and looking to conquer the planet.

  • In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager spacecraft into space to search for intelligent life; it carries two golden phonograph records with sounds and images of Earth.

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    • If fettuccine-like rock formations are ever found on other planets, it could be a clear sign of the existence of extraterrestrial life.
      If fettuccine-like rock formations are ever found on other planets, it could be a clear sign of the existence of extraterrestrial life.