posted on Mar, 24 2004 @ 01:38 PM
SORRY. Posted in wrong category.
I placed this here instead of atsnn because I feel it is worthy of discussion. I've copied excerpts because it's the discussion I value versus the
synopsis of the article. Had I posted this on atsnn I would have paraphrased.
There is life on Mars, a researcher has announced at a conference - unfortunately it is just spaceship-borne contamination.
[Of] all the space probes sent to Mars, only the two Viking craft in 1976 were adequately heat sterilised. The procedures used for all missions since
then, including NASA's twin rovers and Europe's Beagle 2, would have left some microbes aboard.
After testing whether terrestrial organisms can survive simulated Martian conditions and the procedures used to sterilise spacecraft, he reckons there
is a good chance some made it to Mars and might still be living there.
So what does this say about how other worlds may view our planet? If there is Martian life and they are infected with our microbes, will we have
another continent-wide infection similar to white man versus the native americans? Other worlds will view us as attacking them and rightly so.
In today's spirit of exploration I find this rather irresponsible. Especially considering that two craft from nearly 30 years ago were sterilized
but nothing else was.
That's disappointing NASA.
[Edited on 24-3-2004 by titian]