NASA Announcement: In Which Alien Category Does It Belong?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 3rd, 2010 at 3:40 pm,

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, don’t have access to the internet, or have been immersed in a 24 hour marathon session of World of Warcraft, then you should be fully aware of the NASA announcement stating that they discovered a new (alien) life form living in a lake bed in California. Well not really “alien” but that’s what some are calling it – since it’s so completely different than any existing life form.

Here is the official quote from NASA Research Fellow Felisa Wolfe-Simon if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet:

“We know that some microbes can breathe arsenic, but what we’ve found is a microbe doing something new — building parts of itself out of arsenic. If something here on Earth can do something so unexpected, what else can life do that we haven’t seen yet?”

NASA scientists have found a new bacteria with DNA built from arsenic – not phosphorus like normal terrestrial beings.

That news should shake you to your very core! Some websites are reporting the findings as if the discovery doesn’t represent some sort of alien bacteria hell bent on destroying the world – and are merely stating that NASA has simply discovered a new form of Earth life – but you and I both know better.

No, I say this is just the first step in an alien invasion – hostile or otherwise – that is surely on Earth’s doorstep. So just what type of alien lifeforms should we lowly and primitive humans expect to see in the next few years, swarming our precious planet?

We’ve put together a list of possible alien lifeforms as told through the stories of Hollywood – some good, some bad, and some dangerous. Grab your tinfoil hat, arm yourself with a glass of water, and prepare to sneeze on the invading alien horde as we discuss the NASA Announcement: In Which Alien Category Does It Belong?

1.  Bacteria

As is true of NASA’s discovery, alien bacteria would seem to be the most likely extraterrestrial form we would encounter. I can hear your disbelieving scoffs now, “Why should we fear alien bacteria? We can just pour some bleach on it and wear a surgical mask for protection.” Bleach and masks might be fine for typical Earth-borne bacteria but those remedies would provide little protection from the alien organisms in these movies:

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The Blob

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Slither

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The Thing

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2.  Passive

Not all alien lifeforms are aggressive and hostile in nature; some are just refugees fleeing their home world for various reasons – be it exile or the impending destruction of their planet. With the exception of obvious physical traits, these types of aliens are not all that different from us because they just want a safe place to live – where they can raise their families in peace.  The following movies give an example of these passive type of aliens:

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Coneheads

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Alien Nation

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District 9

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3.  Explorers

Like humans, some of these alien lifeforms are just intrepid explorers who happen to have the ability to soar throughout the universe instead of being stuck on just one planet. These are the aliens that come to our planet looking to collect data on humans, much like scientists, and mean us no harm – just like mall cops, they are only here to observe. These Christopher Columbus/Jane Goodall alien hybrids can been found in these movies:

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E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial

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Earth Girls are Easy

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Howard the Duck

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4.  Invaders

These are the real hardcore mothers that every conspiracy theorist goes crazy trying to prove exist and swear are on their way to destroy the Earth. These aliens are here for one purpose and one purpose only – the destruction and decimation of the Earth and its entire human population. Alien invaders usually have weaponry and technology so vastly superior to our own that we barely stand a chance of surviving the invasion – yet somehow I’m sure we will. Great examples of this type of invading alien can be found in these movies:

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Independence Day

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War of the Worlds

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Skyline

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5.  Violent

This type of alien usually visits Earth alone to wreck havoc on a small part of the human population. Whether they are hunting for food, sport, or they just exist as pure evil, these types of alien are not to be messed with mano-a-mano because they are always stronger than the average human – unless your name is Arnold, Dolph or Chuck. The most violent and heinous of this alien type can be found in these movies:

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Alien

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Predator

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I Come in Peace

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6.  Blenders

Our second to last type of alien is the sneaky type who uses subterfuge to enter the human population undetected most often with a hidden agenda – usually to take over the world and turn the humans into slaves. These types of aliens look no different than you or I on the outside but on the inside they are an alien being that would like nothing better than to have us serve them.  These movies are great examples of aliens blending in to dominate us:

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Stargate

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Species

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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7. Heroes

Hero aliens are the best type of aliens in existence but they are hard to find in the cinematic universe. Aliens like Klaatu (The Day the Earth Stood Still) don’t fit the mold as protector because he was only here to warn us of our impending doom – not actually DO anything to help save us or our planet. To be a hero, an alien must put himself above everyone else on Earth, and must sometimes be willing to sacrifice their own lives in order to save ours. Following that rule, the aliens in these movies best represent heroes.

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Superman

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Transformers

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These films are just a few examples of the different alien types that NASA could possibly uncover in the coming years. What other types of alien lifeforms do you think could exist and what movies best describe them?

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  1. Lol Need to put Evolution on there even tho its a Comedy cause the aliens started of a single cell organisms and went to aliens wanting to take over the Southwest.

    • Not just the southwest

  2. I would hope some to be like some of alien monsters from the Godzilla series. It would be sweet to look up and see Gigan knocking over buildings.

    • King Ghidorah or BUST!!

      • Yeah but then we would need that device from the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla show to bring Godzilla and Godzuky to save the day lol

  3. I’m a bit surprised the aliens from Men In Black weren’t mentioned. I always enjoyed the many designs in both films.

  4. What about the Killer Klowns???? Come on! They should be under violent and invaders!

  5. There are so many possible candidates for each category that dividing every alien film down into one of them would be near impossible. Besides, if I mentioned them all, what would be left for our readers to list? :)

    Men in Black is sort of a hodge podge of all alien types honestly, while the film is obviously a good example of aliens in a film I just couldn’t pigeonhole it into any one particular category.

  6. One of the first places news breaks has always been WoW Trade Chat.

  7. I found the news incredibly boring, but then read it here on Screen rant and found it very funny.

    Hilarious article Paul I like making it all a joke, but acting like your serious. It added some much needed humor to what I consider a Dull news story that I’m finding every where.

    • heh thanks bud. I gave it my best shot :)

      • But it’s not a joke… Well maybe now but we don’t know What the future hold

    • Boring? you’re such a pessimist Dan F :p

      I suppose its just mind boggingly exciting to me as its my job

      Also: Invader Zim should be on the invaders list :D

      • Shamose I can understand that if you work in that type of field it would be incredibly exciting.

        But to me it’s just really boring because it doesn’t touch or effect my life in anyway other than having to read it on every single site I visit as some big news story. I’ve been saying for decades that there a probably lots of things on our planet. Honestly it seems to me we know more about space than we do about the deepest depths of our own ocean. It wasn’t really a shock and it’s not really that impressive of a being it’s fairly simplistic with an odd origin. Though Like I said if I worked in that area it would be very exciting because it would effect my life in some way.

  8. Adding a new category;
    ASSIMILATORS:
    Borg – Star Trek

    INVADERS:
    The Visitors – V

    ANCIENT/TEACHERS:
    The Interdeminsional Beings – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  9. Lilu dallas multi pass.

  10. Ummmm….I would delete this comment for being spammy but then no one would believe me when I tried to describe it to them.

    • Wow, that’s the longest spam I’ve ever seen lol. You should delete it Paul,

    • Oh wow, that’s… just… I would belive you Paul, cause i started reading and going what the…

      • I say delete….how that has to do with aliens is beyond me…unless he is an alien and whats to cause a diversion…

        • wants* not whats

          • LOL i stopped reading that comment,i got bored. Noone would believe you paul haha 8-)

    • Wow freak me out!!!!!!

      He totally lost me after all the different bible versions of Revelations 13 verse 18 which is basically talking about a worldwide false religious system and it’s church leader getting involved in world politics. :-)

      Why would someone spam a movie site with this??? Makes no sense to me.

      • Classic paranoid schizophrenia with delusions of grandeur. He thought he was going through a lucid spell and stopped taking his medication. All joking aside, I’ve witnessed this first hand – many times. They all think they’re blessed with some unique insight that they’re handing down to you as a gift, and they’re all exactly the same. Sad, really.

    • I deleted it.

      Vic

      • LMAO!!!! HAHAHA! :)

      • I haven´t seen this one, but he might be the same guy who posted a link to an online clothing shop a couple of days ago…

        • one question… why scapegoat

      • Man, I wish you hadn’t; I’m curious as to what he said.

  11. Right then, I’ve counted the number of the Wild Beast (for it is the number of some bloke, apparently). Took me a while, but I make it Six hundred and sixty and eight. Roughly. Give or take. Or is that the Neighbour of The Beast? Does it need to be absolutely spot-on, or is there a bit of leeway permitted here? I have SOME understanding, but maybe I was out on a couple of decimal places. It’s easily done. Ah well, better luck next time, eh?

    I may have been thrown out slightly by an earthquake, three tsunamis, an alien abduction (with gang probing), the discovery of Atlantis, chemtrails, a back-engineered saucer, some 7-foot lizards masquerading as Henry Kissinger and JD Rockefeller, an underground base hidden in Antarctica, the Mayan calendar, and some numbers.

    Always with the numbers.

    Oh, and Nikola Tesla stole my lunch money.

    And penguins are not of this Earth.

    • lol

  12. On the Invaders list, how about The Invaders? Architect David Vincent has seen them. For him it began one dark night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut that he never found.

    You can tell them by their weird fingers, y’know…

  13. And let the kooky conspiracy theorists unleash their ridiculous and unfounded theories upon the general masses. I’d say, “You’re kidding me with all that crap right?” but since I know who you are and how you think then I also know you’re not kidding and believe every misguided word you just typed.

    Elvis is alive, there was a shooter on the grassy knoll, oxygen is pumped into casinos and some guy in Nigeria died and left me millions…I’ve heard them all before.

    • @Paul Young-

      Why not start your OWN kooky conspiracy theory? Try THIS one on for size (content gleaned from your post and “dressed up” a bit:

      “Elvis was the shooter on the grassy knoll, oxygen is pumped into Nigerian casinos, which is why someone stole my Visa card, fled to Nigeria, and died leaving me millions of dollars in debt.”

    • Oh really? Have you heard the one about the alien getting me pregnant? Me, a man, not some woman? :-P

  14. I hate it when we try to use NASA science to visualize what a ET might look like, i have bad news for you, they cannot be illustrated using human sterotypes , “invaders” “blenders” “explorers” — Ha !
    When we do encounter them ( and we will ) they are not going to look like anything we can possibly imagine, that is where Hollywood fails.
    I’ll give you one for free : a sentient cloud that is telepathic, okay ?

    I’d really love to see some ORIGINAL designs for once.
    Hear that Lucas and Spielberg ?

    • The Calmarane, from Trek: TNG. :-)

  15. Aliens are creepy. I just wish they were like CONEHEADS (OMG i love that movie) LOL :D

  16. Nice to see The Dealer from ‘I Come In Peace” show up.

    However- your forgot two #6s- and some better examples.

    They Live
    The Arrival

  17. wow dude. I mean I’m a Christian, I believe Jesus died and came back to life and all that jazz. But this is not the way to make your point lol just a thought ;)

  18. Am I the only one who understands quite how significant this news is? They have uncovered a form of life that doesn’t share our DNA, the basic building blocks of life as we know, and this thing is something else. It might as well be extra terrestrial because that’s how different it is.

    • DSM,

      Horta.

      That is all.

      Vic

      • I believe the Horta was silcon based was it not?

        “Damn it Jim, I’m starting to think I can cure a rainy day!”

        • “I’m a doctor, not a bricklayer!” :-)

    • If we are not traveling as space explorers, I personally believe all news from NASA is meaningless. Since they found this junk on Earth, I find their lack of curiosity and ambition very amusing.

      NASA is like SETI. It had done nothing to expand our ‘human’ space exploration efforts for 50ish years.

      We should either use NASA to send people around the solar system, or we should close the whole program down tomorrow morning.

      Its that simple.

  19. Violent:

    Alien

    Predator

    I Come in Peace

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I was ROFLing for soooo long!

  20. “What other types of alien lifeforms do you think could exist and what movies best describe them?”

    Whatever lifeform Amy Winehouse is…

    • lol

  21. You forgot that there’s at least one more guy other than Arnold, Dolph and Chuck who can handle an alien one on one: Vin Diesel.

    • true.

      • he handled ALOT of them. and in the dark XD

    • Key, don’t forget Will Smith, he chased down an alien. “That’s got to be tough enough” :-D

  22. What’s Howard The Duck about? I hear its famous for some sex scene? Anyways i liked Killer Klowns From Outter Space, too bad the hot blond girl got rapped up in cotton candy though, but its traditional in horror films.

    • A marvel comics movie about a talking duck…from what i heard it is horrible.

    • It’s about 1 1/2 hours too long. :-P

      • Hey! I like that movie! It´s funny!

  23. Too bad 790 isn’t here anymore. It would be interesting to hear what he thinks. It would be one of those rare moments when people actually wanted to hear them.

    • What happened to 790?

      • He left for some reason. I don’t know (or care) why.

    • NEGATIVE

  24. ET was sad, but that picture had me screaming like some little girl who just shat herself… im a big guy and i have a deep voice, but i screamed so loud that even dogs couldnt hear me… no joke…

  25. haha

  26. You went overboard lol

  27. Where does alf fall?

  28. If we are not traveling as space explorers, I personally believe all news from NASA is meaningless. Since they found this junk on Earth, I find their lack of curiosity and ambition very amusing.

    NASA is like SETI. It had done nothing to expand our ‘human’ space exploration efforts for 50ish years.

    We should either use NASA to send people around the solar system, or we should close the whole program down tomorrow morning.

    Its that simple.

  29. The alien race in “Species” wasn’t exactly a “Blender” under your definition. It was US mixing it’s DNA with ours that made it blended. A FAR better substitute would be “They Live”. Otherwise, great list.

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