Mysterieuze rode die in en om Kerala in India. Diverse monsters van die rode regen werden onderzocht door het Medisch Research Instituut in Colombia; daar constateerde men dat de rode donutvormige structuren die in de monsters zaten, zich konden vermenigvuldigen en dat hun leefomgeving rijk moet zijn aan arsenicum en zilver. Maar waar ligt dat leefgebied van die rode structuren? Dat is natuurlijk een heel goede wetenschappelijke vraag die zeker onderzoek waard is. Voor zover bekend zijn er geen zilver en arseen houdende grondlagen te vinden in Sri Lanka.

Is er ook leven op andere plaatsen in dit heelal?
Nu wil het toeval dat er inderdaad weer rode viel, kort voordat de vuurbal zich door de lucht bewoog boven Sri Lanka. Is dat toeval of is er een samenhang? Volgens de onderzoekers* is het zeker mogelijk dat er ook elders in dit Universum leven is en dat brokstukken van planeten of manen soms op kunnen neervallen. Die brokstukken kunnen nog levende buitenaardse organismen bevatten, maar daarnaast dient de mogelijkheid zich aan dat een vallende meteoriet ook andere organismen uit de buitenste dampkring van de aarde meeneemt. Die organismen uit de buitenste dampkring zouden wellicht niet in de kern van het neergestorte gesteente te vinden moeten zijn?

Rode met stof
Volgens de onderzoekers van de Universiteit van Cardiff bevinden zich in de kern van het gesteente een aantal diatomeeën van blauwalgen die sterk lijken op aardse soortgenoten. Maar daarnaast vonden ze ook een aantal structuren van mogelijk leven, die niet direct zijn thuis te brengen. Onder die onbekende structuren bevinden zich de donutvormige ”rode regen” cellen. Men onderzocht de monsters uit de omliggende omgeving en vond daarin niet de vreemde biologische structuren. De onderzoekers concludeerden dat die nog onbekende structuren dus kenmerkend zijn voor het gesteente, maar waar komt het vandaan?

Mogelijk buitenaardse resten
Is het materiaal helemaal aards, waar ligt het herkomstgebied van het materiaal dan? Hoe kon het terecht komen in Sri Lanka? Ligt de oorsprong niet op aarde, dan komt het materiaal ergens anders vandaan; van Jupiter, Mars of Venus of misschien wel nog veel verder weg?

Niet aankomen
Het onderzoeksteam op Sri Lanka adviseerde de bevolking om dergelijke resten niet met blote handen aan te raken en na – een eventueel per ongeluk – aanraken toch vooral goed de handen te wassen. Arsenicum is giftig, maar daarnaast is er de mogelijkheid dat onbekende biologische structuren in het materiaal, niet bevorderlijk zijn voor de gezondheid. Zij publiceerden al eerder een artikel waarin zij stelden dat het mogelijk is dat het SARS virus niet van aardse herkomst is.


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