check out this article [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Germs hitched space probes to
LONDON (Reuters) - An American scientist believes that if life is finally proved to exist on Mars, its
origins may be more mundane and closer to home than we think.
\"I believe there is life on Mars, and it\'s
unequivocally there, because we sent it,\" said Andrew Schuerger in the New Scientist Magazine on
The University of Florida scientist said there is a good chance that microbes from Earth have made
it to Mars by hitching a lift aboard space probes.
Schuerger said of all probes sent to Mars, only the two
Viking craft in 1976 were adequately heat-sterilised. Procedures used for all missions since then, including
NASA\'s twin rovers and Europe\'s Beagle 2, would have left some microbes on board.
hehe just think, weŽve been sending probes over there who end up discoverng and picking up what they carried over
there themselves. They go all the way to discover something which they could have had right at home Hilarious
I dunno, I always thought that\'s exactly what NASA tries to prevent (and spents good money on it),
plus I don\'t know many germs capable of surviving in vacuum, or even better, descent through the atmosphere
(which can get pretty hot).
Plus the probes end up sooooo far from each other that even 30 years since viking wouldn\'t allow
them to spread enough.
Not to forget: Gotta have water, which I recall was in short supply at the local martian
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