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posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 10:05 AM
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Nasa is holding a press conference today at 2pm EST. They probably won't reveal all there findings like usual. But something is better than nothing.




posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 10:16 AM
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Fox News is also reporting on the story now.

www.foxnews.com...



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 10:39 AM
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Yes, here's what it says on Fox's website;


NASA and Science magazine will announce Thursday afternoon that large amounts of methane have been found on the Red Planet, which could be a sign of biological activity.


A sign?! .. You know, NASA are really starting to get on my nerves, never confirming anything.

This is what Nick Pope had to say;


It's "the most important discovery of all time," former British civil servant and fervent UFO hunter Nick Pope told the Sun. "We've really only scratched the surface — it's an absolute certainty that there is life out there and we are not alone."


Notice the term 'embargo' below, maybe Stephen Basset was on to something?


(American media outlets are not yet reporting the story because they're honoring an "embargo," a promise to not run a story until a designated time, in this case 2 p.m. EST, when NASA is expected to hold a press conference. The Sun "broke" the embargo, prompting other British papers to follow suit.)


Thanks Novastar for the source



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:15 AM
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S & F OP.

I think I know the reason for our global warming - War of the Worlds was prophetic, the Martians are poisoning our atmosphere with methane. And all this time we thought I own activities and microbes were destroying us. Those Martians, clever little buggers


Seriously, I think this is fantastic news. When fully confirmed it'll cause an outcry from some uptight religious folks (or egocentrics and geocentrics etc... too).



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:23 AM
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Great, single celled organisms with a bad case of gas.

Not the little green men we were promised but rude little microorganisms that eat too many beans.

What does this tell us? That earth is going to meet it's end due to the gaseous emanations coming from amoebae?



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:25 AM
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Originally posted by Riposte
What's the big deal? It's just NASA announcing a hypothesis. There is no confirmation of anything.


It may just be a hypothesis. Makes you wonder though why all the anticipation. It must be something a little more than a mere hypothesis to have a press conference and require all news outlets to keep quiet until 2:00PM EST.

-rrr



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:34 AM
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If this is true then it is exiciting news. I would say that disclosure is just a couple years away then.

-Confirm life outside Earth in our Solar system
-Confirm Earth like planets around other stars
-Confirm life outside our Solar System
-Invite ETs over for a cup of Java.



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:43 AM
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It seems that they would not be confirming life on mars, but rather speculating on the source of the methane. As one article stated, Methane can be the by product of volcanic activity.

It is true that there are no active volcanoes, "That we know of".
But before we can attribute the methane to microscopic organisms, we need to eliminate all other possible sources.

Here is an interesting article about methane on Mars and the outer planets.
science.nasa.gov...


But the key attraction for methane is that it exists or can be made on many worlds that NASA might want to visit someday, including Mars.

Although Mars is not rich in methane, methane can be manufactured there via the Sabatier process: Mix some carbon dioxide (CO2) with hydrogen (H), then heat the mixture to produce CH4 and H20--methane and water. The Martian atmosphere is an abundant source of carbon dioxide, and the relatively small amount of hydrogen required for the process may be brought along from Earth or gathered in situ from Martian ice.
The atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all contain methane, and Pluto has frozen methane ice on its surface. New kinds of missions to these worlds may become possible with methane rockets.


[edit on 15-1-2009 by Sparky63]



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:51 AM
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really interesting story.
any of you know where and when i can see this interview?
i'm in Holland and the only descent network we've got is CNN international.

anyway, this is a little step closer to disclosure!



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 11:57 AM
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i think that their might be life on mars but the goverment in covering it



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 12:06 PM
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If it's not carried by CNN, it may be on NASA TV.

www.nasa.gov...



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 12:09 PM
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Another thing I would like to point out to all the "NASA is covering everything up - they are EVIL!!".

Remember that just claiming life on Mars without solid and final proofs would be very silly and quite frankly not an option for such a big entity like NASA. Dedicated people and top scientists are working at NASA and you gotta give people like that credit instead of disbelief and silly conspirational nonsense.

Without these people none of us would even have anything to discuss.



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 12:10 PM
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Originally posted by Tuning Spork
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If it's not carried by CNN, it may be on NASA TV.

www.nasa.gov...


there is an embargo so you will not find it on cnn main pages .. they will bring int online and live as breaking news..



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 12:13 PM
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thanks for the link, i will keep an eye out for it.



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 12:14 PM
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Originally posted by whatukno
Great, single celled organisms with a bad case of gas.

Not the little green men we were promised but rude little microorganisms that eat too many beans.

What does this tell us? That earth is going to meet it's end due to the gaseous emanations coming from amoebae?



The public will not accept little green men right away so they have to be made ready so first this and then the next step. Its the latest step in a long road of news items like finding life supporting planets ect .

we will see what they are going to say because they did this thing before and then we where all disapointed because we didn't get what we expacted.



[edit on 15-1-2009 by MarkLuitzen]



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 12:58 PM
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Wow, this is exciting, I'm tuned in to nasa tv on my comp.. 2 mins according to my watch. They have a slide up that says the press conference is on at 2pm. However, I am ready to be disappointed.\

I'm already disappointed.. gg nasa.. thanks for nothing

[edit on 15-1-2009 by Ketzer22]



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 01:04 PM
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"Mars an ACTIVE planet".
It's an active planet - biology or geology, maybe both. They don't know.
Methane is confirmed in the Mars atmosphere.



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 01:15 PM
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I thought they detected methane back in 2004.
I wonder why they are treating this like a new discovery?

news.bbc.co.uk...



Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 00:47 GMT 01:47 UK
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Methane on Mars could signal life
By Dr David Whitehouse
BBC News Online science editor

Martian canyon, European Space Agency
Is there life beneath the soil?
Methane has been found in the Martian atmosphere which scientists say could be a sign that life exists today on Mars.

It was detected by telescopes on Earth and has recently been confirmed by instruments onboard the European Space Agency's orbiting Mars Express craft.

Methane lives for a short time in the Martian atmosphere so it must be being constantly replenished.

There are two possible sources: either active volcanoes, none of which have been found yet on Mars, or microbes.


[edit on 15-1-2009 by Sparky63]



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 01:22 PM
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From what I am gathering is that they don't want to commit to "biological" processes but that they think that that is the likely source. They just said that other gases that would indicate a geological process are absent. They just don't want to commit to life on Mars without direct evidence.



posted on Jan, 15 2009 @ 01:22 PM
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The guy talking right now just said they discovered methane in late 2003.. so that's even earlier than you posted.



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