The Western Lines

January 15, 2009

Martians found?

Filed under: Astrobiology,Mars,Ralph Buttigieg,SETI — ralphbuttigieg @ 8:26 am

The following article claims NASA scientists are about announce strong evidence of life on Mars:

The scientists suspect alien microbes are alive and kicking just below the soil of the big planet, after large quantities of what is believed to be the organisms’ waste products were detected.

The organisms – called methanogens – are suspected to have been living in water beneath underground ice, where they are disgorging tonnes and tonnes of methane……..

….“Methane is a product of biology,” UK Mars expert Professor Colin Pillinger told UK tabloid The Sun last night.

“For methane to be in Mars’ atmosphere, there has to be a replenishable source.

“The most obvious source of methane is organisms, so if you find methane in an atmosphere, you can suspect there is life.

“It’s not proof, but it makes it worth a much closer look.” …..

I wouldn’t put to much trust in a tabloid newspaper story, but this fellow makes a convincing case (well, I think he’s convincing anyway) that fossils have been found on Mars.

UPDATE: Heres the NASA press release.


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