Martian soil may contain life
Thu Aug 23 2007 11:30:10 ET
The soil on Mars may contain microbial life!
Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, will declare on Friday the Viking spacecraft may have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface.
His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin.
That is roughly comparable to biomass levels found in some Antarctic permafrost, home to a range of hardy bacteria and lichen.
Originally posted by super70
If they ever decide to "break us in" with the knowledge of extraterrestrial life, this is exactly the way its going to happen.
Possible Microbial life!..........(wait for public reaction)...............
Originally posted by surfinguru
So in your opinion, what do you think the reaction beyond the scientific community will be?
IMO, I think the general population will be "Wow. That's cool. So what's on TV tonight?" without much REAL critical thought on the implications.
Originally posted by cavscout
I hope some nice MOD gave you some super points for this one.
The soil on Mars may contain microbial life, according to a new interpretation of data first collected more than 30 years ago.