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    Life on Mars

    NASA scientists believe they have found overwhelming evidence that microbes do exist on Mars, underneath the surface.

    If, indeed, life does exist on Mars, then life must exist elsewhere in the Universe. As a matter of fact, life could very well be the norm for many solar systems. And, if life is confirmed on Mars, it would dash the theory that we are somehow unique. What I mean is that it would be foolish to think that, with all that space in existence, our infinitesimally small corner of that space is the only place where life exists.

    NASA is going to announce their discovery at a news conference, which will be at 7PM tonight, and will be carried live on NASA TV.

    Article is here.

    NOTE: Want to find carbon-based life on other planets in other systems? Just look for the fart gas.
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    I love this. It has already been proven mathematically life on other rocks in our universe exists. This great discovery will hopefully shut the non-believers up. Don't worry all you religious nuts, your Gods will survive, after all God is faith not scientific fact. "Onward science solidiers marching off to facts."
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    Re: Life on Mars

    While I do think that some form of primitive life on Mars is highly likely, I'll wait for the actual announcement from NASA before I trust a tabloid like The Sun.
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    If this is true, and we can compare its makeup to our DNA we could learn a great deal.

    If its too similar, panspermia may become the dominant "origin of life on earth" theory. Too different and we learn a great deal about how else life could be, and open up new schools of thought on genetic engineering.
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    Re: Life on Mars

    NASA won't be able to make any conclusive statements that life had been found this time around. NASA found methane. From The Guardian:

    Scientists have detected methane on Mars before, but until now the evidence has been shaky. Nasa's work is impressively thorough and clearly shows vast clouds of methane emanating from the planet's north during the summer months.

    Most creatures release methane when they break down food and turn it into energy. Sheep and cows burp it out. Lots of microbes do the bug equivalent.

    But methane can be made by geological processes too. Huge amounts of the gas seep from deep ocean vents and from volcanoes without the help of life. What is intriguing is that for similar processes to do this on Mars, the planet must be far more geologically active than scientists thought.
    Has Nasa found life on Mars? | Science | guardian.co.uk

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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    While I do think that some form of primitive life on Mars is highly likely, I'll wait for the actual announcement from NASA before I trust a tabloid like The Sun.
    Fox is showing the story as well.

    FOXNews.com - Clouds of Methane May Mean Life on Mars - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News

    And there is a Mars Science Update scheduled for 2 PM EST today (which would be 7 in the UK, I believe)

    I'm going to watch it in an hour.
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    Re: Life on Mars

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    I'm going to watch it in an hour.
    I'm going to record it and watch it in two hours.
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    If we discover microbes, is it ok if we go ahead and Terra Form the planet anyways?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    If we discover microbes, is it ok if we go ahead and Terra Form the planet anyways?
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    Re: Life on Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    **** man, I got six kids to feed!
    Well in your case I suggest you stay back, until we can grow some crops there....

    I just hope that if we find microbes, it won't deter us from moving our species out amongst the planets/moons. Its kind of dumb to keep all our eggs in one basket, and I can totally see a group like PETM being formed(People for the ethical treatment of microbes).
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