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Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert, from the California Institute of Technology, who is part of the team that carried out the research, said: "We keep looking for life, and we keep finding it, and it keeps surprising us as to what it appears to be capable of."
The team found that microbes, despite having no light, no oxygen, barely any water and very limited nutrients, thrived in the cores.
"The thought was that while there are some microbes that can eat compounds in coal directly, there may be smaller organic compounds – methane and other types of hydrocarbons - sourced from the coal that the microbes could eat as well."
The experiments revealed that the microbes were indeed dining on these methyl compounds.
The crystalline grains encasing the carbon compounds provided a window into how the carbon molecules were created. Their findings indicate that the carbon was created during volcanism on Mars and show that Mars has been doing organic chemistry for most of its history.
"These findings show that the storage of reduced carbon molecules on Mars occurred throughout the planet's history and might have been similar to processes that occurred on the ancient Earth," Steele said. "Understanding the genesis of these non-biological, carbon-containing macromolecules on Mars is crucial for developing future missions to detect evidence of life on our neighboring planet."
The findings also have implications for the hunt for life on other planets.
If life can survive in the most extreme conditions on Earth, perhaps it has found a way to cope with harsh environments elsewhere in the cosmos.
We as a species are already engaged in the search.
I fully expect that we'll find it within my lifetime.
All this speculation yet there is no definitive proof that there has ever existed any water on Mars.
These microbes could have found their way there and adapted over a long period of time.
I wonder what the definitions of life really are
So what your next definition of life premise?
"Life is a thermodynamically open chemical system with a semi-permeable boundary. It contains an information-based complex system with emergent properties, part of which drives a metabolism based on a proton gradient. The said gradient generates the necessary potential difference across the semi-permeable boundary. The information is heritable and coded in such a way as to allow variation and thus evolution."
Yes, they could exist on Mars, though not the same because there is no water there like there is on earth.
Please don't be mad at me for being scientific about this. It is the only sure premise for us making any true sense of life, the universe and everything.
Personally I believe that Venus, Earth, and Mars started pretty much the same...but due to many factors, Earth was the only planet that could sustain the right conditions
originally posted by: thishereguy
and all i'm thinking is. how many of these little things did they kill off when drilling to find the few in the picture?
originally posted by: gortex
From what I've read it's believed Venus was much like Earth in it's distant past and a good place for life , if only we could build the tech to go there and explore we may well find life there too.