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The Red Planet of Mars may have life on it after all

Although NASA is without a leader and will likely have to announce layoffs in the immediate future, the U.S. space agency may be ready to announce alien microbes living below the Martian soil are the cause of a methane haze surrounding the Red Planet of Mars.

NASA is expected to have a press conference at its Washington D.C. office to confirm the findings.  News of the scheduled press conference was first posted in The Sun, with NASA and European scientists excited about the possible findings from such a monumental announcement. 

Another British newspaper, Telegraph, quotes the upcoming release to claim: "Living systems produce more than 90 per cent of Earth's atmospheric methane; the balance is of geochemical origin. On Mars, methane could be a signature of either."

Researchers from around the world have shown a greater interest in the Red Planet, as possible traces of water and ice dust have raised hopes of discovering signs of life on or underneath the planet's surface.  Even though methane is created on Earth by volcanoes, scientists haven't found any active volcanoes on the Red Planet.

In addition, it seems NASA researchers found high levels of methane in the same regions as water vapor clouds, which are absolutely necessary for life.  The study was conducted during a seven year examination of the planet.

It's possible the Martian life form is in suspended animation, but it's possible they could be revived, according to John Murray, a Mars Express European space probe scientist told The Sun.

British space expert Nick Pope spoke with the online news site and showed enthusiasm and excitement over the finding.  "What could be more profound than to know it's not just out there?  "We've really only scratched the surface -- it's an absolute certainty that there is life out there and we are not alone."

Regardless of this announcement, NASA, ESA, JAXA, Chinese and Russian space programs all have shown an interest in Mars exploration.  Science fiction fans long dreamed of life on Mars -- even before space probes were launched to the planet -- and excitement will continue to grow as researchers learn more about the planet.





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