posted on Apr, 11 2007 @ 06:46 PM
Originally posted by observe50
I almost fell off my seat when I saw my main screen it said:
Water discovered on a distant planet.
Finding represents "Crucial Element" for Extraterrestrial Life.
I guess it's crucial. It does seem to make certain biological processes a bit more possible. But that might be our own predjudice in the matter.
Maybe we just don't have any examples of life made with something besides water to see how it could be done.
And water certainly isn't a guarantee of life. Throw a bunch of sterile chemicals into a bucket of water and you end up with muddy water. Life
doesn't spring from it spontaneously, as far as anyone's been able to prove so far. Blast it with UV and sparks and you might get some organic
chemicals to form, amino acids and such, but nobody's gotten that sticky mud to spring to life yet, either.