It is the belief of some scientist that NASA probes found alien life on Mars and inadvertently killed it. This opens up a whole new "can of worms"
for NASA. I find it highly possible this happened. It seems the biggest problem was that the Viking space probe was looking for the "wrong" kind of
WASHINGTON - Two NASA space probes that visited Mars 30 years ago may have stumbled upon alien microbes on the Red Planet and inadvertently
killed them, a scientist theorizes in a paper released Sunday.
The problem was the Viking space probes of 1976-77 were looking for the wrong kind of life and didn't recognize it, the researcher said in a
paper presented at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.
This new report, based on a more expansive view of where life can take root, may have NASA looking for a different type of Martian life form when
its next Mars spacecraft is launched later this year, one of the space agency's top scientists told The Associated Press.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Once again this not only proves that we never really know what is going on, no matter how much we think we know. When it comes to interplanetary
space travel and the universe around us we are but a small part. However as history has shown, our actions have permanent effects.
Yeah, the title is misleading. The scientists alleging this admit there is no way they can prove that the landers encountered life or that there
currently is life on Mars. All they are saying is that IF life exists on Mars, and IF the Viking probes had encounter it they would have
likely killed it. Because of the way they were configured to carry out their experiment would have been harmful to any microbial life.
I agree. You should change the title to say "DID probes find life....., etc." it would be more accurate. Misleading Titles should be avoided.
The scientists who did the research suggested that hydrogenperoxide based life forms could have been present, and the experimental environment would
have killed them. It was just a hypothesis and there is no evidence to support it.
Future missions to Mars will conduct more advanced tests. Until then, we are still waiting for positive evidence of life on Mars.
This content community relies on user-generated content from our member contributors. The opinions of our members are not those of site ownership who maintains strict editorial agnosticism and simply provides a collaborative venue for free expression.