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NASA Researcher's Claim: Life on Mars

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 08:14 PM

Exclusive: NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars
By Brian Berger
Space News Staff Writer
posted: 16 February 2005
02:09 pm ET

WASHINGTON -- A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.

The scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, told the group that they have submitted their findings to the journal Nature for publication in May, and their paper currently is being peer reviewed.

What Stoker and Lemke have found, according to several attendees of the private meeting, is not direct proof of life on Mars, but methane signatures and other signs of possible biological activity remarkably similar to those recently discovered in caves here on Earth.

Stoker and other researchers have long theorized that the Martian subsurface could harbor biological organisms that have developed unusual strategies for existing in extreme environments. That suspicion led Stoker and a team of U.S. and Spanish researchers in 2003 to southwestern Spain to search for subsurface life near the Rio Tinto river—so-called because of its reddish tint—the product of iron being dissolved in its highly acidic water.



I just ran into this article, this is some great news. I can't wait till we can send the nuclear powered rover so that we can find the source of the methane emissions.

Hurry up NASA!

- Attero

Edit: Well crap, somebody beat me to it and posted the article while I was typing this up..

[edit on 16-2-2005 by Attero Auctorita]

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 10:01 PM
I hope we discover peaceful advanced life and not just some sort of...lizard or something

The problem with an organization like NASA finding out about aliens is that NASA's a government organization; therefore, it's highly unlikely they'll release any information they find as they don't want to cause "panic" among the population

posted on Feb, 19 2005 @ 10:59 AM
Being discussed in depth here...


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