posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 07:05 PM
A robot with sensor equipment has detected life on the terrain of the Chilean desert. This is a first for rover-based systems. Nobody was surprised
about this because the real goal is the red planet, Mars. The rovers on Mars now, do not have this technology and this could be a negative.
A robot laden with sensor equipment has detected life on the arid terrain of the Chilean desert, a first for rover-based systems.
Nobody was surprise to find life there, but with the harsh conditions and sparse biological activity, the feat is likened to finding microbial
creatures on Mars if any exists there.
Zoë, a four-wheeled automaton built to scan for living organisms, found evidence of bacterial colonies and lichens living among the rocks of
Chile’s Atacama Desert.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
NASA’s twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, are currently exploring the red planet, but they do not have the equipment to make the specific
measurements required for life detection. I feel that this is horrible. Hopefully, the next batch of Mars missions will involve humans or robots with
life detecting technology.
[edit on 16-3-2005 by they see ALL]