NASA: in Martian soil, Mars rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life


13 Responses to “NASA: in Martian soil, Mars rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life”

  1. Tchoutoye says:

    “Ancient” is a term more correctly used for human culture: ancient Greece, etc. For other lifeforms, the term “early” is more common. /pedant

  2. Great! Wonderful! Whoohoo! Mission accomplished. Can we now please send the rover to *really* interesting geological places such as Mariner Valley and Olympus Monts, rather than spending the next 2 years sampling samples to confirm more of the same?

  3. peterblue11 says:

    firs time alien life is confirmed with data right?? euhm kind of a big deal?

    • AnthonyC says:

      Would be, if they’d found life. What they actually found were conditions that could potentially have supported life.

      If they *do* find life twice *in the same solar system* that would really upend the drake equation, because it would mean it is much easier than once believed for simple life to evolve in the universe.

  4. Ramone says:

    Right, so when can we start building atmosphere factories and planting super 02 trees?

    • AnthonyC says:

      *After* we know the planet’s history that we won’t mind destroying the evidence of it. And after we learn how to fabricate large structures on other worlds, including giant enclosures and climate control systems.

      • anansi133 says:

        Yup. and after we get things under control on *this* planet.

        • miasm says:

          Everybody stop! First, we should figure everything out, then we can start to move forward.
          ; )

        • AnthonyC says:

          Actually, I disagree. If we *do* screw things up royally (or get hit by a large asteroid or supervolcano) and make Earth uninhabitable, it would be really, really good to have a permanent, self-sustaining human presence somewhere, anywhere else in the universe. Otherwise, there goes the future, and all the hopes and dreams of all mankind forever.

          • anansi133 says:

            Of course it would be really good to have that. But that does not exist, we would have to build it. If we are going to go to all the trouble of building a biosphere essentially from scratch, it would be far more cost effective at every level to build it on *this* planet first.

            Building a plan B in space to avoid a human-made catastrophe on this planet, is about as sensible as launching nuclear waste into the sun so we never have to deal with it here.

          • AnthonyC says:

            I agree with everything in your first paragraph, and I agree that launching nuclear waste into the sun would be quite stupid. But right now we have no Plan B and all, and in many cases no Plan A. Also, nothing on Earth would be as reliable as an off-world colony, so even if we succeed in doing as you suggest, going off-world would be the natural next step

  5. andygates says:

    Can I get odds on a fossil? 

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