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Originally posted by AaronWilson
reply to post by eManym
Please elaborate, this is a fascinating theory you have. I would like to hear the reasoning and if possible, evidence for your belief in such a theory.
Originally posted by earthalien50
I think that they will announce that the carbon-12 to carbon-13 isotopic ratio in discovered methane suggests life. Carbon-12 means life. If this type of methane is in the air, there could be organisms alive on Mars today!
If this is true, then there are consequences that most do not realize. It will change society a little or a lot. I am curious to see how religions will react? Will the pope make an announcement? Will we all change our way of thinking about the universe?
Originally posted by jonnywhite
EDIT: After reading more I see that the news is specifically linked to a soil test
WASHINGTON — NASA downplayed Wednesday talk of a major discovery by its Martian rover after remarks by the mission chief raised hopes it may have unearthed evidence life once existed on the Red Planet.
A spokesman for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managing the project, appeared to pour cold water Wednesday on the hopes of space enthusiasts looking forward to an earth-shattering discovery.
Originally posted by DJW001
reply to post by OmegaLogos
DONT FORGET .. that if they have found life on mars ... they don't deserve the PRIME credit as it was found on mars decades ago during the Viking expedition!
Don't forget, the Viking data was inconclusive. The SAM has detected organic molecules. This suggests that the ingredients for life are present on Mars. Unfortunately, organic molecules are also present in comets and carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, so it doesn't really prove anything, one way or the other.