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The Phoenix lander's first taste test of soil near Mars' north pole reveals a briny environment similar to what can be found in backyards on Earth, scientists said Thursday.
The finding raises hope that the Martian arctic plains could have conditions favorable for primitive life. Phoenix landed a month ago to study the habitability of Mars' northern latitudes.
Originally posted by Unit541
Thing that bugs me is the narrow mindedness exhibited when defining a life supporting environment. For instance, their requirement for organic carbon to be found... Great, so it's a requirement for life as we know it on earth... so what? Doesn't mean it's required for extra-terrestrial life. how many life forms not from earth have we examined, in order to determine carbon is required for all life? Uh, zero last I checked. In these cases, too many seem to forget that there's life as we know it, then there's the possibility of life as we don't know it.
Originally posted by uplander
reply to post by mopusvindictus
LOL I read it like I thought you were saying it: All fast and a complete run-on sentence , all excited. Shoot, I'm excited after reading your view on it! LOL Thanks!