The discovery of Martian-like soil in Chile's Atacama Desert could shed light on the landings of the Viking spacecraft on Mars in the 1970s. Dry and largely devoid of organic material or microbial life, it has similar chemical properties to Martian soil. The finding could explain why tests conducted by the Mars Viking missions raised false hopes in the search for life on another planet.
Last I heard...still inconclusive on the meteorite.... Personally, I'd say it's step one in getting the public acclimated to the idea of the reality of extra-terrestrial life....
You seriously haven't heard about this meteorite? It was big news when it first came out. Though if you're under 20 right now you probably were too young to hear about it.
Originally posted by earthtone
YEh anything that makes the public less skeptical is great. I havn't heard anything about that metorite you mentioned heelstone.
Because of the wishy washy nature of coming out with this piece of evidence, I do not think the meteorite was supposed to help acclimate the public. Its simply a red herring to throw the public off the real track, IMO.
Personally, I'd say it's step one in getting the public acclimated to the idea of the reality of extra-terrestrial life....