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Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, of Cardiff University’s Centre for Astrobiology, described the pictures from Nasa’s Phoenix space probe as “stunning” and said they might depict a “contemporary life form” existing on a planet other than the Earth.
The professor, who has nearly 15 years experience analysing pictures sent from space, said: “There is a picture with hexagonal fields and we think this shows ice on the surface going through expansion and contraction. This is important because it shows there is, at some points in the day when ice melts, water. This one of the essential requirements for life to exist.”