Life on Mars?

06:43 PM GMT, Tuesday 16 December 2014
Evidence of life on Mars could have been found by Nasa's Curiosity Rover.
Mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or other theories have been found by one of the instruments on the robot, which landed on the planet in 2012. Scientists can’t be sure what is causing the spikes, but it is possible that it could be very small, bacteria-like living organisms.
If the gas is coming from living microbes then it would mark one of the biggest discoveries in history. On Earth, 95% of methane comes from microbial organisms.
Scientists have said that the rover now has to test and re-test the possibility of life, ahead of a manned mission in 2020 that would look for the source of the methane.
Previous satellite observations have detected unusual plumes of methane on the planet, but none as extraordinary as the sudden "venting" measured at Gale Crater, where evidence suggests water once flowed billions of years ago.
The laboratory onboard the rover has been sniffing methane in the atmosphere a dozen times in the last 12 months. In late 2013 and early 2014, the amount of methane flared up, and then receded.
Other possible explanations include the Sun's rays degrading organic material that was left behind by meteors, Nasa scientists said at the press conference announcing the news. But that explanation still relies on the original material being deposited, they said.

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...I want to believe...

Great, the only planet we have a chance to go to in the entire universe, might have "bacteria".  Woo hoo.

 

There's a gazillion planets out there, one of them must be filled with hot women in yoga pants. Let's find that one, fuck the bacteria laden Mars. 

It's a god-awful small affair....

BaldTony - 06:43 PM GMT, Tuesday 16 December 2014
Evidence of life on Mars could have been found by Nasa's Curiosity Rover.
Mysterious spikes of methane that cannot easily be explained by geology or other theories have been found by one of the instruments on the robot, which landed on the planet in 2012. Scientists can’t be sure what is causing the spikes, but it is possible that it could be very small, bacteria-like living organisms.
If the gas is coming from living microbes then it would mark one of the biggest discoveries in history. On Earth, 95% of methane comes from microbial organisms.
Scientists have said that the rover now has to test and re-test the possibility of life, ahead of a manned mission in 2020 that would look for the source of the methane.
Previous satellite observations have detected unusual plumes of methane on the planet, but none as extraordinary as the sudden "venting" measured at Gale Crater, where evidence suggests water once flowed billions of years ago.
The laboratory onboard the rover has been sniffing methane in the atmosphere a dozen times in the last 12 months. In late 2013 and early 2014, the amount of methane flared up, and then receded.
Other possible explanations include the Sun's rays degrading organic material that was left behind by meteors, Nasa scientists said at the press conference announcing the news. But that explanation still relies on the original material being deposited, they said.

"On Earth, 95% of methane comes from microbial organisms"

To put this in context, the Earth has half a billion metric tons of methane annually, Mars has 200 metric tons annually based on the one-part-per-billion number they detected.

"Mars's minuscule methane background is broadly consistent with what should be produced by ultraviolet light striking the carbon-rich debris of meteorites, comets, and interplanetary dust that periodically fall to the Red Planet"

There are also at least 4 other planets in our solar system that we know to have methane.

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Possibly generated by organisms under the maritan surface.  There is a mission going to Mars I think in 2020 that will determine exactly what is producing the methane, though we may find out before then.  Microbial life wouldn't suprise me in the least.

I want to see what's under the shores of Europa and Encyladous (sp?)

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