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Mars meteorite may contain evidence of life

By T.K. Randall
December 5, 2014 · Comment icon 13 comments

Could life have once existed on Mars ? Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
A chunk of rock that landed in Morocco may hold evidence that life once existed on the Red Planet.
Discovered in 2011, the Tissint meteorite has been gaining significant attention lately due to the possibility that traces of carbon found inside it might indicate the presence of life.

Geophysicist Philippe Gillet and colleagues from China, Japan and Germany conducted a battery of tests on the space rock and believe that organic matter may have once been deposited inside it by water at some point in the planet's distant past.
While there is still a long way to go before the discovery can be confirmed, indications are encouraging that the meteorite may indeed hold something truly groundbreaking.

"I'm completely open to the possibility that other studies might contradict our findings," said Gillet. "However, our conclusions are such that they will rekindle the debate as to the possible existence of biological activity on Mars - at least in the past."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (13)




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Comment icon #4 Posted by Atuke 10 years ago
Of course it existed. Wasn't there a nuclear annilation in its past? UM just had the article up last week
Comment icon #5 Posted by Karasu 10 years ago
Of course it existed. Wasn't there a nuclear annilation in its past? UM just had the article up last week That it turn could have thrown a large meteor into the Earth that caused the ancient extinction event, and subsequent Ice Age. Of course the meteor theory hasn't been proven.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ozfactor 10 years ago
My understanding of this is limited , but when asteroids and meteors die, do they sometimes create more asteroids and meteors . Example ~ an asteroid/meteor smashes into a planet , creating large chunks of debris that is sent flying into space, becoming asteroids and meteors that sometimes smash into a planet . When I said asteroids and meteors die , I mean they stop being asteroids and meteors flying in space . I am imagining an never ending cycle creating asteroids and meteors !
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ozfactor 10 years ago
I was thinking of the meteors seeding life through out the universe . The Venus Fly Trap only grows in a meteor crater in Carolina , or so I thought , I looked it up last night to refresh myself on the topic and was reading that is a hoax ! .. I would post a link , but I don't have time
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew 10 years ago
I was thinking of the meteors seeding life through out the universe . The Venus Fly Trap only grows in a meteor crater in Carolina , or so I thought , I looked it up last night to refresh myself on the topic and was reading that is a hoax ! .. I would post a link , but I don't have time Sorry but the Venus Flytrap (Dioneae muscipula is not from outer space, not even from Venus! It is in the Family Droseracea and is related to Drosera (Sundews) which are found nearly worldwide. The Flytrap is naturally found only along the coast where North and South Carolina meet in a place called Cape Fear (s... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by qxcontinuum 10 years ago
There was inteligent life on Mars and it moved on earth when they realize their planet is doomed.
Comment icon #10 Posted by artifactsofmars 10 years ago
Just look in the MSL photos people. There are large patches of green. The powers that be play this little game of "Maybe it's life" just to keep the public interested, when the evidence is right there in the Martian photos.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 10 years ago
Just look in the MSL photos people. There are large patches of green. The powers that be play this little game of "Maybe it's life" just to keep the public interested, when the evidence is right there in the Martian photos. In this case, would you please try to answer the following questions: - Why are NASA trying to hide evidence for life on Mars, while at the same time releasing images that apparently shows signs of life on Mars ? It doesn't really makes sense, does it ? - Finding life on Mars is just about the best thing that could happen to NASA and their funding, so why would they try to ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by kartikg 10 years ago
Soon it will become clear that mars is a dead planet . Nasa new bogeyman is the Jupiter's moon Europa. To keep the general public interested " there might be life" kind of deception is required otherwise all progress will be halted.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Whatsinausername 10 years ago
There might be a half eaten cheese sandwich on Mars


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