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Thursday, January 15, 2009

NASA finds life on Mars?

The big news today is that NASA believes it has discovered strong evidence for the existence of life on Mars. We're not talking past life here, either, but current, microbial life.

During a seven year study, three huge telescopes monitored the presence of large quantities of methane, in areas which are also believed to be water-rich. Sometimes, the amounts of methane detected were equal to quantities produced at some of Earth's most methane-rich locations. Scientists say this is the strongest evidence yet of possible life on Mars. But before anyone gets carried away, it's evidence, not proof. The methane could come from some kind of geological activity, such as a volcano.

But if there is life on Mars, where else might it be in the Universe? This story is potentially huge. Check out the media:

Methane find points to life on Mars

Telegraph article

Scientists detect methane on Mars

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jams o donnell said...

Fascinating. I can't wait for the expediio that goes under the ice on Europa

Dragonstar said...

Wow! That's so exciting!

LadyBanana said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to find out for sure we were not the only life in this universe!