posted on May, 4 2010 @ 03:30 AM
NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team reopened a 14-year-old controversy on extraterrestrial life last week, reaffirming and offering support for its
widely challenged assertion that a 4-billion-year-old meteorite that landed thousands of years ago on Antarctica shows evidence of microscopic life on
In addition to presenting research that they said disproved some of their critics, the scientists reported that additional Martian meteorites appear
to house distinct and identifiable microbial fossils that point even more strongly to the existence of life.
"We feel more confident than ever that Mars probably once was, and maybe still is, home to life," team leader David McKay said at a NASA-sponsored
conference on astrobiology.
The researchers' presentations were not met with any of the excited frenzy that greeted the original 1996 announcement about the meteorite -- which
led to a televised statement by President Bill Clinton in which he announced a "space summit," the formation of a commission to examine its
implications and the birth of a NASA-funded astrobiology program.
Hope this has not already been discussed. I did not find it in a search.
[edit on 4-5-2010 by expat2368]