In June 2017, the hacking collective Anonymous claimed that NASA was on the verge of announcing the discovery of extraterrestrial life. A video was released as part of the announcement, and alleged that evidence of advanced spacefaring civilisations had been covered up, and the impeding announcement was not just about micro-organisms on a global subsurface ocean on another body in the Solar System. However, buried deep within the video, are some scientific half-truths.
One of the main pieces of evidence quoted by the video is a statement by Professor Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate during a Congressional hearing in April titled ‘Advances in the Search for Life’. “NASA’s recent advances, such as the discovery of hydrogen in Saturn’s moon Enceladus and the Hubble team’s promising results from the oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa, are promising signs that we’re closer than ever to discovering evidence of alien life,” Professor Zurbuchen had said.