Life on Mars?

By Derek Sooman on May 2, 2005, 9:23 AM
I know this isn't computing related, but its just so interesting I had to post it: there is very likely life on Mars. Growing evidence suggests that biological processes might be operating on Mars, the forth planet from the Sun and our close neighbour. Scientists now believe that itís "more a likelihood than merely a possibility" that the red planet is alive.

"The life on Mars issue has recently undergone a paradigm shift," said Ian Wright, an astrobiologist at the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at the Open University in Britain, "to the extent now that one can talk about the possibility of present life on Mars without risking scientific suicide."

Most of this excitement stems from work done by Vittorio Formisano, head of research at Italy's Institute of Physics and Interplanetary Space, which suggests that there is evidence of the presence of formaldehyde in the atmosphere. Apparently, this is a possible indicator of life on the planet.

With no known geological source of formaldehyde on Mars, it's clear where Formisano's suspicions lie.

"I believe there is extremely high probability that microbial subsurface life exists on Mars," he said, while acknowledging that although he believes in Martian life, he can't yet prove it.




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phantasm66 said:
We so much need to go there and find out.Imagine what it would mean to human existance if there was confirmation of life on other planets, even if its just microbes.Of course, its completely INSANE to think that there isn't life on other planets - of course there is. There's a hundred billion stars in our Galaxy alone, in a universe that's mind numbingly big. There is of course life out there.Have they been here, though? Doubt it.
Electrick Gypsy said:
I think we have to learn to 'look outside the square' a little deeper when it comes to looking for other life-forms.Take the Haggunenons of Vicissitus Three for example......
puppetgrimm1 said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]We so much need to go there and find out.Imagine what it would mean to human existance if there was confirmation of life on other planets, even if its just microbes.Of course, its completely INSANE to think that there isn't life on other planets - of course there is. There's a hundred billion stars in our Galaxy alone, in a universe that's mind numbingly big. There is of course life out there.Have they been here, though? Doubt it.[/quote]Your right it is completly insane to think we are alone Its just a matter of how much live is out there and if there is life on two planets in our solar system whether its present today or a million years past what does that say about the state of the universe. I think they say there is likely to be life on one in every billion planets and inteligent life on one in every trillion planets I think that is highly conservitive. As for intelligent life The fact that we are here and there are so many intelligent animals tell me that Intelligent life such as our selves is very common event in the process of evolution.As for whether they have been here I think its quite possible but could'nt say for sure.
shnig said:
Well what do you class as intelligent life? ants? rabits? dogs? pigs? dolphins? monkeys? us?
puppetgrimm1 said:
[b]Originally posted by shnig:[/b][quote]Well what do you class as intelligent life? ants? rabits? dogs? pigs? dolphins? monkeys? us?[/quote] I think we are A higher inteligents then say an insect but what I'm trying to say is that life naturaly achieves inteligents through evolution.And I would consider animals such as dolphins, whales,squid, elephants, some birds. many of these animals show signs of inteligents some can count bird, dolphins, squid "I'm not sure of the exact name of this animal but its in the same family" monkeys. some animals show problem solving abilities such as monkeys, dolphins, squid. some can even learn sign language Like chimpanzes, Gorilla's.also I would also consider emotion a sign of inteligents because its a sign of thought and many animals have emotions.LatePuppetgrimm1
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