Monday, September 06, 2010

Breaking News: Life not Found on Mars!!!!

From the once-massively-biased-to-the-left BBC:

The headline: "Mars may not be lifeless, say scientists"

The article:

"Carbon-rich organic molecules, which serve as the building blocks of life, may be present on Mars after all, say scientists - challenging a widely-held notion of the Red Planet as barren."


"After mixing the soil with perchlorate and heating it, they found that the gases produced were carbon dioxide and traces of chloromethane and dichloromethane - just like the gases released by the chemical reactions after the Viking landers heated the Martian soil more than three decades ago."

"'Our results suggest that not only organics, but also perchlorate, may have been present in the soil at both Viking landing sites,'  said the study's lead author, Rafael Navarro-Gonz├ílez of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City."

I'm breathless!


"This doesn't say anything about the question of whether or not life has existed on Mars, but it could make a big difference in how we look for evidence to answer that question," said Chris McKay of Nasa's Ames Research Center, California.


Keep looking, then.
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Joe said...

Are you sure that there is no life on Mars? I remember a few years ago the scientists all agog about a meteor they found in Antarctica that they said came from Mars and contained organic chemicals.

We all know that scientists never lie to advance their own agenda because they don't have an agenda. If you don't believe me just ask them.

RkBall said...

I believe the exact phrase they used was, "lifelikeishness found on Mars".

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"