FLASHBACK - VIKING, LIFE ON MARS, AND DR. GILBERT LEVIN | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


FLASHBACK - VIKING, LIFE ON MARS, AND DR. GILBERT LEVIN

I wrote this article in response to a news report that appeared the other day in the UK Independent. There just might be life on Mars....Nasa Curiosity rover picks up mysterious methane 'burps' that could possibly be coming from alien organisms

The gist of the story is that Curiosity has been detecting sudden bursts of methane erupting from small areas on the surface of Mars. These methane bursts are not explainable by geological processes, which tend to result in methane flowing steadily from large areas. But colonies of bacteria just under the surface would generate methane, which would accumulate until there was enough pressure for a "burp" to pop up through the overhead dust. Curiosity is going to perform more tests to try to confirm biological activity, and when they do, we can count on the present day NASA management to claim credit for what will truly be an Earth-shaking discovery.

but...

Life was proven to exist on Mars back in 1976, during the Viking Missions, but for political reasons, ignored. Here is the story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WE are seeing more and more announcements from NASA dancing around the issue of life on Mars, with "Could be", "May have", and other not-quite-committing to the idea, as if the slowly introduce the possibility to the public before a definitive announcement is made, in order to reduce the potential for drastic social upheaval (see comments about Marco Polo in the original article.)

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