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Methane study boosts hunt for life on Mars

By T.K. Randall
December 9, 2009 · Comment icon 2 comments

Image Credit: NASA
British scientists have succeeded in ruling out one of the three possible sources for methane detected in the Martian atmosphere, that it was brought there by meteorites. This leaves two possibile sources - one of which being life forms.
They have ruled out any possibility of meteorites delivering the high levels of the gas detected in the Martian atmosphere. That leaves only two alternatives. Either the methane is created by chemical reactions between volcanic rock and water, or it is being generated by living organisms.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (2)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker 15 years ago
The picture going with the article has a crater that looks like a side ways smily face. I'm hoping for life, not chemistry!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Startraveler 15 years ago
Happy face crater.

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