|| Life on Mars?
A startling discovery sets the stage for new exploration of the red planet
"The voice of Mr. Burroughs
calls out on nights when we pace our lawns and eye the Red Planet: 'All
the evidence is not in! Maybe ...' "
Maybe. NASA chief Dan Goldin was lyrical in announcing that conclusion by a team of scientists: "We're now on the doorstep to the heavens. What a time to be alive!" These findings raise the "possibility of a universe burgeoning with life," astronomer Carl Sagan noted. But all agreed there was plenty of reason for caution as the eyes of the world focused on a potato-size rock known as ALH84001. Mineral data and high-tech photographs, says a research team, show that tiny bacteria lived in or near the rock billions of years ago. Yet others wonder if this meteorite found in Antarctica actually came from Mars and whether the purported evidence of biological activity might have originated from lifeless chemical processes...(Continue)
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