Prof. Milton Wainwright an a team of scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology told British newspapers that using a balloon to skim the stratosphere they discovered a small metal sphere made of titanium and vanadium about the width of a human hair. This small sphere apparently oozed biological material, prompting Wainwright to suggest that the sphere was manufactured by space aliens to see other planets with the building blocks of life, a hypothesis known as directed panspermia.
Wainwright conceded that there is no solid evidence that the sphere is of intentional extraterrestrial manufacture.
This is the second time six months that Wainwright has claimed to find extraterrestrial life. Back in October he also claimed to have found a carbon-based alien microbe during the same series of experiments that yielded the metal sphere. Scientists dismissed that conclusion when Wainwright was not able to demonstrate that the microbe contained any unearthly signatures.
Wainwright’s name sounded somewhat familiar, so I looked him up and it turns out that there’s a good reason I remembered him. He’s the same scientist who claimed that the so-called “red rain” of Kerala, India was a living biological entity. In this, he was following Godfrey Louis and Santhosh Kumar, who in 2003 proposed that the rain came from outer space. I came across Wainwright’s name when looking into Louis’s and Kumar’s claims when Unsealed: Alien Files discussed them in 2013. In 2006 Wainwright agreed that the red rain was biological and implied that he was open to Louis’s view that the cells in the rain came from outer space, perhaps as part of an alien seeding mission. The Indian government later determined that the red rain gained its color from terrestrial algae.
Wainwright also believes that there is a conspiracy of scientists working to suppress his evidence that Darwin did not invent the theory of evolution. He holds a number of other minority views, including the assertion that bacteria cause cancer and that Hitler was saved by penicillin.
Wainwright’s writing partner in his Journal of Cosmology article is Chandra Wickramasinghe, the early proponent of panspermia who argued a decade ago that influenza came from outer space. Wickramasinghe and Wainwright jointly proposed in 2003 that SARS came to earth from space and were promptly attacked for their lack of evidence.