Lunar life? Aliens may have lived on the MOON twice in the past, scientists claim

While the moon is uninhabitable today, there may have once been life on its surface, according to a new study.

Researchers from Washington State University suggest that aliens may have lived on the moon twice in history – once 4 billion years ago, and again 3.5 billion years ago.

During both of these periods, the researchers believe the moon spewed out large amounts of superheated gases, including water vapour.

This water vapour could have formed pools of water on the surface.

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Professor Dirk Schulze-Makuch, who led the study, said: “If liquid water and a significant atmosphere were present on the early moon for long periods of time, we think the lunar surface would have been at least transiently habitable.”

The researchers suggest that life on the moon could have originated much like it did on Earth.

But more likely is the idea that aliens came to the moon on board a meteorite , according to the team.

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The earliest evidence of life on Earth dates back around 3.5-3.8 billion years, during a time when giant meteorite impacts were frequent.

The researchers believe that a meteorite carrying basic organisms could have left Earth, and landed on the moon.

Professor Schulze-Makuch said: “It looks very much like the moon was habitable at this time.

“There could have actually been microbes thriving in water pools on the moon until the surface became dry and dead.”

The team now hopes that future missions to the moon will help to prove their theory.

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