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Three Martian meteorites triple evidence for Mars life
"We do not yet believe that we have rigorously proven there is [or was ] life on Mars." says David S. McKay, chief of astrobiology at the NASA Johnson Space Center. "But we do believe that we are very, very close to proving there is or has been life there," McKay tells Spaceflight Now.
Scientists have been reexamining the controversial Allen Hills meteorite since it sparked reaction from both NASA and the White House in 1996. But now better instruments have turned up possible Martian fossils inside two more meteorites, including a chunk of space rock that has sat inside the British Museum of Natural History in London for almost 100 years.
Proof of Life in Three Martian Rocks May Come This Year
New tools for the investigation include a nifty Ion Microprobe that can fire streams of ions onto micro-fossil samples. The ions transform the sample into plasma that can be analyzed via spectrometer for each chemical or mineral part.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
...If the research can prove that life has existed in our solar system, it'll be historic. To us ATS geeks it could be the biggest news in our lifetimes.