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Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Mr Mask
Two answers, one post:
I think it is highly likely that there is/was life elsewhere.
There is far more evidence of evolution than there is of life on Mars. This is good evidence but it is far from proof.
I haven't yet seen a statement from NASA or any scientist saying that the magnetite crystals are "most likely" fossilized bacteria or "probably fossilized bacteria".
[edit on 12/1/2009 by Phage]
Astrobiologist Kathie Thomas-Keprta: “I consider that this is a proof of an ancient form of life on Mars”
The crystal, in short, can be formed only from a bacterium and that bacterium would be the trace of the form of more ancient life never recorded.
Thomas-Keprta says that the new study gives again credibility to those affirmations, and can also indicate us "that it is still life on Mars".
“If it has existed a time, would have to exist today also”, she asserts.
Unless there is an unknown and unexplained inorganic process on Mars that is conspicuously absent on the Earth and forms truncated hexa-octahedral magnetites, we suggest that these magnetite crystals in the Martian meteorite ALH84001 were likely produced by a biogenic process. As such, these crystals are interpreted as Martian magnetofossils and constitute evidence of the oldest life yet found.
Originally posted by TheComte
In all honesty, though, if it's bacterial life that is the subject of disclosure, who really cares? Not Joe Blow on the street. But if it's the disclosure of the exopolitical kind, then way bigger deal.
Originally posted by atcwatcher
This has been known for a long time please check for other posts on this subject or pay attention to years old news articles.
-Just curious why is this story making a come back, this has been known for a while, unless I am psychic (Then I may be posting on the wrong board!)