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Could Mars be habitable today ?

Posted on Tuesday, 26 February, 2013 | Comment icon 13 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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Despite being a cold and inhospitable place, Mars may still be capable of supporting microbial life.

Research in to the way that life clings on in some of the Earth's harshest environments such as the frozen wastes of Antarctica has revealed the possibility that something similar might be possible on Mars. While any oceans and rivers that once flowed there have long disappeared, it is thought that liquid water could still potentially exist in small amounts and for limited periods of time on the surface.

"We certainly can't rule out the possibility that it's habitable today," said Alfred McEwen who is the principal investigator for the HiRise camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Images of several sites on Mars suggest that briny water may flow seasonally down steep slopes. If this is true then it could be an ideal place to look for present day microbial life.

"While Mars was likely a more hospitable place in its wetter, warmer past, the Red Planet may still be capable of supporting microbial life today, some scientists say."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by stevemagegod on 26 February, 2013, 4:22
This article is nothing i haven't read before. They need to stop suggesting and start doing. Sending a Man to Mars would be a Good start. And i volunteer for that.
Comment icon #5 Posted by shrooma on 26 February, 2013, 14:50
Sending a Man to Mars would be a Good start. And i volunteer for that. . form an orderly queue behind me.... :-)
Comment icon #6 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 26 February, 2013, 15:22
This strenghten the case for a man expedition to Mars. America NASA get going on this important mission as soon a possible.
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 26 February, 2013, 15:29
Any expedition should be a joint venture of many nations and not just the USA footing the bill! We have enough problems here with finding enough money to keep the government running without spending more on space exploration.
Comment icon #8 Posted by shrooma on 26 February, 2013, 15:51
Any expedition should be a joint venture of many nations and not just the USA footing the bill! . this is true. if star trek taught us anything, it's that we're all in this together!
Comment icon #9 Posted by 27vet on 26 February, 2013, 18:21
Right. I'm packing for the expedition too. Water wings, surfboard...
Comment icon #10 Posted by andy hair candy on 26 February, 2013, 19:21
To answer your question david bowie... Potentially yes...
Comment icon #11 Posted by DONTEATUS on 27 February, 2013, 5:29
The sad thing is That NASA would jump on it this moment this second,But for the Money and the O.K ! I would be for this as long as we really commited to it all the Way ! We can do it,We could actually find life then !
Comment icon #12 Posted by wallarookiller on 27 February, 2013, 22:08
I wonder what kind of different poisons and/or micorob life that is under there that is inhospitable towards humans. I'm sure we can filter it. I'm just very curious.
Comment icon #13 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 3 March, 2013, 13:34
I wonder what kind of different poisons and/or micorob life that is under there that is inhospitable towards humans. I'm sure we can filter it. I'm just very curious. not too different from ours


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