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Signs of water found in Martian meteorite

By T.K. Randall
September 16, 2014 · Comment icon 15 comments

Could life still exist on Mars today ? Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Scientists have detected further evidence that life could have once existed on the surface of Mars.
The Red Planet has been getting a lot of attention lately, not only because of Curiosity's recent endeavors but also because Mars itself remains one of the best places to look for alien life.

Despite being a cold and seemingly dead world, Mars is believed to have once been far more Earth-like with its own oceans, lakes and rivers. Many scientists believe that this would have provided an ideal habitat for primitive forms of life to flourish.

Now Professor Ian Lyon from the University of Manchester and his colleagues have discovered further evidence of the planet's aquatic past thanks to a 1.3 billion-year-old meteorite.
Using high resolution imaging the team was able to identify a cell-like feature embedded deep inside the rock that they believe once held liquid water which later heated up and boiled away.

"We have been able to show the setting is there to provide life," said Professor Lyon.

"It's not too cold, it's not too harsh. Life as we know it, in the form of bacteria, for example, could be there, although we haven't found it yet. It's about piecing together the case for life on Mars - it may have existed and in some form could exist still."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by bobb73 10 years ago
Nope. No signs of life. It only happened here. We are it
Comment icon #7 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
Nope. No signs of life. It only happened here. We are it You've checker the trillions of other planets in the universe then?
Comment icon #8 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Perhaps we are the descendants of the Martians. By the time we humans use all of the Earth's resources, Venus may be ready or maybe we'll have the hibernation technology to send manned deep space missions. just trying to be optimistic for a change. Really it's my pain meds talking. I'll be back to normal soon.
Comment icon #9 Posted by MJNYC 10 years ago
Perhaps we are the descendants of the Martians. By the time we humans use all of the Earth's resources, Venus may be ready or maybe we'll have the hibernation technology to send manned deep space missions. just trying to be optimistic for a change. Really it's my pain meds talking. I'll be back to normal soon. After reading the article, I had the exact same thought as you did. I guess I also need meds! LOL
Comment icon #10 Posted by taniwha 10 years ago
After reading the article, I had the exact same thought as you did. I guess I also need meds! LOL Not suprisingly there is nothing positive indicating it is martian fossil, earth is the only place known to have fossils.
Comment icon #11 Posted by taniwha 10 years ago
Perhaps we are the descendants of the Martians. By the time we humans use all of the Earth's resources, Venus may be ready or maybe we'll have the hibernation technology to send manned deep space missions. just trying to be optimistic for a change. Really it's my pain meds talking. I'll be back to normal soon. Lol, However IF it happened to be true all it means is that a fossil landed on earth, that has about as much likelihood of seeding life as us firing a T-Rex bone at mars and hoping to seed life there. If anything it has brought death not life, in fossil form, and death to any living crea... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by taniwha 10 years ago
If two Viking landers, the Mars Pathfinder lander, the Sojourner rover, the two Mars Exploration rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) and the Phoenix lander all failed to take a single image showing any sign of macroscopic life, what possesses you to think that Curiosity will? - Albert Einstein Well in that case we need better tech, if a fossil of any type is found on mars a test is needed to rule out if an earth meteorite was its origin.
Comment icon #13 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
Great read! Interesting article.
Comment icon #14 Posted by qxcontinuum 10 years ago
There could be life on Titan and Europa.... I would given up on Mars ! It is foolish to spend so much time on just one goal especially when we already know what's in there.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
There could be life on Titan and Europa.... I would given up on Mars ! It is foolish to spend so much time on just one goal especially when we already know what's in there. I guess it is a good thing that you are not in charge of NASA or ESA then. How can you say that we allready know what is on Mars, when we have only examined a tiny bit of it ? But I agree that Europa is a very interesting moon and should be surveyed more extensively, and plans are being made to do just that.


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