12 March 2005

Life on Mars

Holy Copernican revolution, Batman! Another little bit of evidence!
A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting here Sunday that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.

The scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, told the group that they have submitted their findings to the journal Nature for publication in May, and their paper currently is being peer reviewed.

What Stoker and Lemke have found, according to several attendees of the private meeting, is not direct proof of life on Mars, but methane signatures and other signs of possible biological activity remarkably similar to those recently discovered in caves here on Earth.

I know, I know. It's easy to get too worked up about this stuff. But still: Cool.

If there's life on Mars, then it's not a weird fluke only found here --- it's everywhere.

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