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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    No, I'm not. Many people are however. But the leaking of the story that "there may be life on Mars!" when the explanation is most likely geological was a ridiculous exaggeration.
    If the planet is alive, then the chances of there being life is beyond "probable".
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    If the planet is alive, then the chances of there being life is beyond "probable".
    I really doubt it.
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    I really doubt it.
    care to elaborate?
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    God seriously has a lot of explaining to do if we do find life on another planet, and the first time I see someone speak on behalf of God and his response to this I will vomit profusely.
    It's not God's fault if people associate him with a bunch of fairy tales written by cave men.

    If you're gonna to spew, spew into this:




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    Re: Life on Mars

    Plumes of methane gas found on Mars


    The gas could be coming from rudimentary life forms -- nothing capable of piloting a spaceship to Earth.

    By John Johnson Jr.
    January 16, 2009


    Scientists have discovered large plumes of methane gas in the Martian atmosphere, a key marker for biological processes on Earth but not convincing proof that rudimentary life forms exist on Mars.

    Scientists led by Michael Mumma of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland first detected the gas in 2003, using infrared spectrometers on three Earth-based telescopes, the team said Thursday. At its peak, the plumes contained about 19,000 metric tons of methane, a large amount comparable to the seep off Coal Oil Point near Santa Barbara.




    The source of the methane is still a mystery, the scientists said in a briefing at NASA headquarters in Washington. But its existence proves that Mars is not the dead desert planet that many scientists thought it was.

    "Mars is active," said Michael Meyer, head of NASA's Mars program. "Whether it's geology or biology, we don't yet know."

    On Earth, the natural gas that heats our homes is mostly methane. About 90% of the methane released into our atmosphere is produced by biological processes, the largest contributors being bacteria in wetlands and the burping of cattle. The methane is released as a waste product by microbes reacting to hydrogen.

    But methane is not a sure-fire indicator of life.
    Geological processes such as the interaction of water and molten rock in volcanoes can produce methane. On Titan, Saturn's largest moon, liquid methane is so plentiful it flows in rivers. Titan is so cold that it is extremely unlikely that living organisms are producing the methane.

    Although they cautioned that more work is needed, the scientists said the absence of other gases that would be expected if volcanic activity was producing the methane is one indicator that organisms could be at work.



    Plumes of methane gas found on Mars - Los Angeles Times

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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by cherokee View Post
    Plumes of methane gas found on Mars


    The gas could be coming from rudimentary life forms -- nothing capable of piloting a spaceship to Earth.

    By John Johnson Jr.
    January 16, 2009


    Scientists have discovered large plumes of methane gas in the Martian atmosphere, a key marker for biological processes on Earth but not convincing proof that rudimentary life forms exist on Mars.

    Scientists led by Michael Mumma of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland first detected the gas in 2003, using infrared spectrometers on three Earth-based telescopes, the team said Thursday. At its peak, the plumes contained about 19,000 metric tons of methane, a large amount comparable to the seep off Coal Oil Point near Santa Barbara.




    The source of the methane is still a mystery, the scientists said in a briefing at NASA headquarters in Washington. But its existence proves that Mars is not the dead desert planet that many scientists thought it was.

    "Mars is active," said Michael Meyer, head of NASA's Mars program. "Whether it's geology or biology, we don't yet know."

    On Earth, the natural gas that heats our homes is mostly methane. About 90% of the methane released into our atmosphere is produced by biological processes, the largest contributors being bacteria in wetlands and the burping of cattle. The methane is released as a waste product by microbes reacting to hydrogen.

    But methane is not a sure-fire indicator of life.
    Geological processes such as the interaction of water and molten rock in volcanoes can produce methane. On Titan, Saturn's largest moon, liquid methane is so plentiful it flows in rivers. Titan is so cold that it is extremely unlikely that living organisms are producing the methane.

    Although they cautioned that more work is needed, the scientists said the absence of other gases that would be expected if volcanic activity was producing the methane is one indicator that organisms could be at work.



    Plumes of methane gas found on Mars - Los Angeles Times
    You think I care what Mike Meyer's opinion is!!?
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Binary_Digit View Post
    It's not God's fault if people associate him with a bunch of fairy tales written by cave men.

    If you're gonna to spew, spew into this:



    omg that's the biggest person of all time.
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    You think I care what Mike Meyer's opinion is!!?
    You think I give a **** what you care about?

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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by cherokee View Post
    You think I give a **** what you care about?
    No need to be a dick buddy.
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    care to elaborate?
    I'm going to assume you didn't mean the planet is literally alive. But simply having active tectonics is no evidence at all of life.
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