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Originally posted by stumason
This is, after all, just one scientists results based on data obtained 30 odd years ago from the Viking probes.
It needs to be peer reviewed and if found to be "acceptable" in it's findings, then it'll take another probe to actually confirm life.
Originally posted by Diplomat
I agree with the people saying that this is not a big deal at all. Some scientist has a little theory about some 30-year old soil? That is hardly what I would call "discovering life on Mars."
It is good, however, to keep this subject in the media overall. Like some others said earlier, I also hope this gives the space program a boost.
There is probably all kinds of crazy microbial life in our Solar System, we just need to get off of our asses and go check it out. We haven't even been to the next rock over from us yet...
[edit on 23-8-2007 by Diplomat]
Originally posted by skyblueff0
Oh Boy...I guess the Fundamentalist Christian aren't going to be too happy about this!! Should someone go tell them?
Like many citizens of the ATS nation, I believe this is big news, but unfortunately big news such as this will always be shrugged away for Paris Hilton and the latest update for this Fall pet fashion show lineup.
Anyways, so the question now is, did the martian microbes originate from ancient asteroid-riding ancestor (as pj mentioned), or did they slowly form from whatever chemical properties was left on mars..
[edit on 23-8-2007 by skyblueff0]
[edit on 23-8-2007 by skyblueff0]
Exclusive: NASA Researchers Claim Evidence of Present Life on Mars
By Brian Berger
Space News Staff Writer
posted: 16 February 2005
02:09 pm ET
WASHINGTON -- A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.
The scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, told the group that they have submitted their findings to the journal Nature for publication in May, and their paper currently is being peer reviewed.
Life on Mars Likely, Scientist Claims
By Leonard David
Senior Space Writer
posted: 03 August 2004
07:00 am ET
DENVER, COLORADO - Those twin robots hard at work on Mars have transmitted teasing views that reinforce the prospect that microbial life may exist on the red planet.
Results from NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers are being looked over by a legion of planetary experts, including a scientist who remains steadfast that his experiment in 1976 proved the presence of active microbial life in the topsoil of Mars.
"All factors necessary to constitute a habitat for life as we know it exist on current-day Mars," explained Gilbert Levin, executive officer for science at Spherix Incorporated of Beltsville, Maryland.
Levin has a long-standing interest in time-weathered Mars and the promise of life today on that distant and dusty world.
NASA's 1976 Viking mission to Mars was geared-up to look for possible martian life. And it was Levin's Labeled Release experiment that made a provocative find: The presence of a highly reactive agent in the surface material of Mars.
Levin concluded in 1997 that this activity was triggered by living microorganisms lurking in the martian soil - a judgment he admits has not been generally accepted by the scientific community.
Originally posted by Byrd
He also believes in paranormal things (and has done some papers on this topic) in the 1990's. The papers aren't cited by many, so this indicates he's not a leading researcher.
[edit on 23-8-2007 by Byrd]
I arrived at that conclusion because based on the papers he's published, I see nothing that would qualify this man as an expert in molecular biology. Which he would need to be to make this determination. I suspect there will be no hard evidence to back up these claims.
Originally posted by nataylor
So he is, most likely, a full of crap nutjob.
Whoa, hit the brakes! How did you arrive at that conclusion? Are you suggesting that all parapsychologists are nut cases by default? Not that I am for or against this Joop fellow, but why would you make such a stereotypical statement?