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The error is revealed in Out of Eden, by Alan Burdick. A NASA spokesman said there were "massive odds" against the microbes becoming established on the planet.
Thirdly, have you ever heard of the vine kudzu? This is a plant that is not native to NA, yet was imported and qickly spread out of control, since it had no natural predators. Today, you may see it killing trees and taking over hillsides near roadways.
Uhm new findings show that planting a sickle pod plant killed 100% of the kudzu vines in green house tests.
Originally posted by intelearthling
If any Earth microbes were to have hitched a ride on the rovers, they wouldn't be able to thrive on Mars.
The claims have been made by Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a microbiologist at NASA's spacecraft assembly plant in Pasadena. His tests have shown the microbes could survive space travel and Mars's -60C climate.
Besides, what constitutes pollution? Surely not introducing a life form that's not indegenous to a planet can't be.
If anything, pollution would be the rovers themselves after their power supplies run out.