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'Alien fossils' found on Mars, claims scientist


Posted on Monday, 5 March, 2018 | Comment icon 54 comments

Has Curiosity discovered evidence of ancient life forms on Mars ? Image Credit: NASA
Geomicrobiologist Barry DiGregorio maintains that the Curiosity rover has found evidence of alien life forms.
The controversial claim concerns photographs of unusual crystal-shaped features that were discovered along a ridge by NASA's flagship exploratory rover earlier this year.

"These shapes are characteristic of gypsum crystals," said Curiosity scientist Sanjeev Gupta. "These can form when salts become concentrated in water, such as in an evaporating lake."

According to DiGregorio however, these surface features are actually trace fossils (such as footprints, tracks or feces) of soft-bodied life forms that once roamed Mars up to 450 million years ago.

Unsurprisingly, he and NASA haven't exactly seen eye to eye on the matter.

"NASA has turned its back on trying to get the data on this," he said. "The order came down from HQ that they should move the rover on to the next point."

"They didn't feel it was important enough to look at, I thought that was very odd, despite the fact Gale Crater was host to probably a series of lakes for billions and billions of years."

DiGregorio is due to present his hypothesis at a conference in Australia in June. In the meantime, the photographs will no doubt be scrutinized further to determine if there is any merit to his claims.

If it turns out that he is correct, it will certainly be a discovery of monumental proportions.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (54)

Tags: Mars, Life

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #45 Posted by Merc14 on 12 March, 2018, 16:18
We have one habitable, and that is questionable, planet in our solar system and no way to go any further than it until some wild new tech is created that allows close to light speed travel so while I agree that we should study those areas of Mars with active microbial colonies I don't agree that we should stay away from that planet completely.  Also, given the environmental conditions found on Mars that microbe has an almost zero chance of ever being anything more than a microbe. So no, I don't think we should stay off Mars, just maybe establish some no-go zones and see what happens to those m... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Dyna on 7 April, 2018, 16:51
There will be life on Mars when NASA says there is life on Mars not before.
Comment icon #47 Posted by Alien Origins on 7 April, 2018, 17:10
Yeah that and the Solar Wind has eroded Mars for billions of years and I think a lot of this is due to those winds carving out what some think are images on the surface. Odd this would come up...I was watching an episode of Ancient  Aliens last night, yeah I know but NCIS was not on. Anyway they were talking about this on the show. 
Comment icon #48 Posted by Derek Willis on 7 April, 2018, 17:59
Apparently, not being allowed to investigate liquid water is an example of fake news: https://spacethoughtsblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/addressing-media-missteps-about-the-outer-space-treaty-and-water-sources-on-mars/ I never know who to believe these days ...
Comment icon #49 Posted by switchopens on 7 April, 2018, 18:30
I think the worry is that the contamination would interfere with the potential to study an extraterrestrial ecology.  If it exists and we document the hell out of the info, then it's probably full steam ahead for development.  To simply not interfere with microbes based on their evolutionary potential to become some kind of intelligent life seems silly for reasons already stated plus the additional philosophical  question of where to draw the line.  We take such a pessimistic view of ourselves that we forget that we are truly amazing creatures that are capable of both terrible and amazing thin... [More]
Comment icon #50 Posted by Swede on 7 April, 2018, 21:04
Perhaps even more interesting is that the Treaty has no real legal "teeth" and any signatories can withdraw from the Treaty at any time, with a one year lag interval (Article XVI). .
Comment icon #51 Posted by Dejarma on 7 April, 2018, 21:35
it's no different to what it was years ago= the whole ufo/ alien enigma has always been inundated with fake news/ crap etc.... it's just that there's more of it now!
Comment icon #52 Posted by Alien Origins on 7 April, 2018, 23:13
Yeah and when you wade into ufo/alien topics wear hip waders because the crap is very deep. Most of this is an argument from ignorance..."I don't know what it is. But its alien in nature!" The argument should have stopped with the first sentence! If you don't know what something is you don't go on to say anything!
Comment icon #53 Posted by Dejarma on 7 April, 2018, 23:23
yes, of course i agree with that, = you speak in a logical tongue=== logic & basic common sense will always rule my friend
Comment icon #54 Posted by Merc14 on 7 April, 2018, 23:36
I think I'll go with what you posted vice the garbage I did.  Thanks for setting me straight and I should've dug deeper, shame on me. 


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