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"From what we know, Mars did have life and oceans and a thick atmosphere."
Originally posted by Ross 54
Seems that they've more or less decided that it *was* brine water droplets on the landing legs of the Phoenix Mars probe. Presumably perchlorate-based, as this is apparently the mineral in the soil, at the site. The linked article below gives an idea of what is currently being done with this supposition: www.thecuttingedgenews.com...edit on 21-12-2011 by Ross 54 because: corrected error in link address
You are right and i did not even knew i wrote that they "brought rocks back from mars",my mistake and thank you for pointing it out to me.I will have to be a little bit more careful in the future
Originally posted by JimOberg
Originally posted by Rafe_
Personaly i hope this was a slip up and they did actually confirm to have found simple life in these rocks but for people to be like "Doh they confirmed this years ago" now that is just downright silly.Granted they did say they may have possibly be in the rocks they brought back but shortly afterwards they concluded otherwise (officially).But nowhere did they ever sy they did,indeed.
I missed the mission where they brought back rocks from Mars. ;-)
These were meteorites blasted off Mars' surface by impacts, and some of them drift through space and fall to Earth.
The NASA team in Houston announced in 1997 that they had found indicators consistent with microbial life fossils in one meteorite, found in Antarctica. There was a lot of skeptical reaction, as there always should be, but over the years they kept answering criticisms and I've always thought they made a good case. 'Consensus' remains unconvinced, but gradually getting open minded.
The more that newer rovers detect the mineralogical traces of the action of liquid water below the permafrost on Mars, the more likely the existence of a habitable [by microbes] subsurface biosphere in the past and -- no reason why not -- still today.
It's been an exciting scientific debate and discovery process. It's good to expose folks here to how the process does work.
Good discussion, kudos, guys.