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.
quote: And just to get in early, if life is found on Mars my theory is panspermia from a large object striking the earth soon after life started here.
quote: We know very little about how life begun, yet you feel confident enough talking about probability of it happening??
quote: Not to mention that the delta G for two amino acids linking together is positive, meaning it's a non-spontaneous process and requires energy input to continue.
quote: Except, those self assembled polymers did not form a living (growing, reproducing, metabolizing) system. Not to mention that the delta G for two amino acids linking together is positive, meaning it's a non-spontaneous process and requires energy input to continue. Life is a bit more complex than crystallization (self assembly in an ordered pattern).
quote: Shrapnel is perfectly feasible, it is speed not size that determines if an object escapes a gravitational field.
quote: Large objects can graze the Earth, not necessarily gently. The moon itself is thought to have been bashed from the earth by a large impact.
quote: Here is question: if the sun were to suddenly transform into a black hole maintaining its mass; what would happen to the earth? would we be swallowed by the black hole?
quote: Also I've read that water on Mars (required for life to thrive) was present in the first 600 to 700 million years
quote: Given the odds of life occurring on a planet next door, surely the odds are tilted way in favour of geology.
quote: Fingers crossed, this would be so sweet.
quote: There is a logical reason to believe in God. There is evidence that the human brain is somewhat structured to produce religious thoughts and feelings. You probably knew this. How else can 90% of the human population belong to some sort of religion? Much of the early research was conducted by this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Newberg
quote: I would say they are wired to seek something to believe in, not to seek religion. Huge difference. Our brains are also hardwired to suppress individual thoughts and side with the consensus opinions apparently. How does that make it logical, or a good thing?
quote: NASA... will likely have to announce layoffs in the immediate future
quote: the U.S. space agency may be ready to announce alien microbes living below the Martian soil
quote: i want fossils or actual findings, not a guess based on the scenario
quote: British space expert Nick Pope [said], "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."
quote: In all seriousness I hope they find something on that red dustball, It would be an amazing discovery.
quote: Religion has a critical role in defining morality
quote: Seriously, is that what you think Christians study?
quote: Just about every Christian recognizes many of the 'laws' in the Bible (mostly the Old Testament) as being man-made laws
quote: Jesus himself criticized religious leaders of the time for trying to enforce those laws. Christianity (as in 'Jesus Christ'-ianity) obviously doesn't recognize a lot of these, such as the law that you can't spit on the sabath because your spit mixes with dirt to form clay (which apparently was construed as 'work').
quote: Ok, well, apparently YOU did a poll to come up with your 'half this country' remark.
quote: You obviously have a view of what Christians believe that differs greatly from what most probably do believe.
quote: People of faith vary in their beliefs just as much as people with no faith. We're all human, after all...
quote: Just because over half of the US is Christian doesn't mean all Christians believe the world is only 6000 years old.
quote: That statement is also the extent of my personal religious beliefs. Something, somewhere, sometime had to start all this.
quote: You don't sound like you know a lot about this subject you speak so passionately about...
quote: Lol and you are just now figuring this out ? It's Gzus !
quote: If you take it, in its entirety, literally.
quote: True. I think you'll find that, for the very religious, their religion does, in fact, play a critical role in defining morality for them. As you said, it serves a consolidary purpose over time.
quote: No, but I don't present it that way. Fundamentalists do, but I don't think it's fair to lump all religious folks in with them. that's just how I see it, though.
quote: No, but I do allow for context for books like Euclid's Elements and Newton's Principia - though modern science shows them to be incomplete and lacking, they still hold valuable information, and should be read with an open mind.
quote: Hahahahah. You know some of the best history is contained in art, poetry, and prose.
quote: Nope, I'm just keeping an open mind.
quote: Yes, but from an sociological standpoint, religion is the vehicle most frequently used by families in the past to pass down those values.
quote: Of course it contains valuable information, because it can be shown to be true. On the other hand the bible has none of these joys. Science doesn't need your acknowledgment to exist, belief does, go figure.
quote: Maybe if you would actually look up these works Gzus, you'll find that the theses presented in them are not accurate .
quote: Useful, sure. In the same way that the bible is morally useful, and not necessarily accurate.
quote: Did you know that the US Court System ruled Atheism as a religion? Shocking!
quote: What a complete fallacy. To believe in nothing is to believe in something so hence, it is a belief.
quote: If Atheists believe in nothing, why do they need a book, someone else, or a group to tell them that what they believe is real? Sounds like a church to me.
quote: Where in my post did I make one claim towards the existence of a God? I don't see one.
quote: I know plenty of Atheists who do not feel whole unless they are around other Atheists that believe the same thing to reassure their beliefs. If you want to believe in nothing, that is fine; do not, however, go around calling religion a hyprocrisy, making fun of churches and organized religion when you are in fact partaking in something similar.
quote: Yeah, I think we call those people agnostic, though. Everyonbody calm down and use your words.
quote: Quite true, but I'm sure we've all done a bit of it, myself included.
quote: I don't know of unicorns (just one-horned goats according to the Chicago museum), but the "like a stork" was in a Bible vision, so if you have a dream and record it, does that make it crazy?
quote: 'In the beginning' could be billions or trillions of years ago.
quote: Don't know for sure (much like a lot of archaeology), but floods happen and the Black Sea area was flooded about the same time as the Jewish scriptures suggest. I think you are complaining about fundamentalist, literal interpretations that say the entire Earth (which noone knew the size of) was flooded.
quote: As for Jesus, there are many people in history that we cannot prove existed today, and more a nomad, without a home, no money, and was killed early, it seems unlikely he would leave much of a mark.
quote: The KJV is a notoriously inaccurate translation of the Bible, and other translations do not use "unicorn". Again, though, a one-horned animal like the rhinoceros or goat is a possible source of the legends.
quote: I said it was a "vision", which if you read Zechariah, it seems to be so in context (with a flurry of different scenes and images that are explained as symbolic representations...)
quote: The satyr reference says it was an idol (a man-made image, not something real...)
quote: One could probably find thousands of science articles that have subsequently been disproved, but does that mean you reject all science?
quote: Regardless, the beginning of the discussion was that the Bible never says "Mars has no life", which was the initial assertion.
quote: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." has no specific time given. The use of days in following verses can be interpreted to be a non-specific reference to periods of "creation" (like "the Cambrian era").
quote: You do know that books were not common back then. Relious texts were rare as well. Monks devoted their lives to handwriting holy manuscripts that generally only the wealthy owned copies of.
quote: Seriously though were you that kid in high school with the black makeup and painted his fingernails black? Do you still nail squirels to your kitchen table? Back to topic.....we have birth certificates and death certificates. Not to mention the agencies that keep those records on file.
quote: Aside from the moral lessons taught in the old testament, there are books that contain prophecies about the comming of the anointed one.
quote: How come I can't use the Bible to prove the Bible? You certainly try to use it to disprove itself?
quote: The question is, are you out of your mind? It is not just one book. It contains 66 seperate books. You ever read a trade paperback? It contains many books in one volume. The books were written during different time periods, by different people. Or did you forget?
quote: By telling me I don't make sense, you are not saying much. Prove my statements false. If you have evidence.
quote: you cannot use books to prove other books, you must use evidence or facts to prove things.
quote: prove to me and the world that your god is real
quote: Last time I checked generally all facts are stored in a book somewhere. Books are used for reference.
quote: Saying that there is no God means accepting that good and evil really don't exist. Why have laws?
quote: No, facts are there whether they are written down or not. Also if it is a fact, it can be tested, something the very base claim of god lacks.
quote: There you go stonewalling again. How come there are exceptions to the rules you make up? Something as simple as the fact I wore a gray shirt yesterday. Could you explain how to test if this fact is true? If not, just respond with, "No, I do not know how test this fact." The only way to offer proof or confirmation, is if I kept a record that I could look back at.
quote: You take the stance of humans being the center of everything?
quote: The flat Earth idea was clearly not grounded in any reality and had no logical evidence (sound familiar? *cough*god*cough*)
quote: a god is possible to exist, but there is no evidence, so why believe?
quote: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
quote: Do you feel better now?
quote: Clearly? Where?
quote: Which is about as clear as your 4000 B.C. figure. Seriously, we can play these stereotypical games all day - there's nothing to gain by this and nothing to see.
quote: The bible has no clear defined time-line.
quote: And science also says the sun formed at some point, it hasn't always been there. So science can actually justify the Genesis statements
quote: TextAn unstable volcanic earth (without form and void)....that would be vacant.
quote: Now you have to understand that the creation story was written from the perspective of somone standing on the earth. Not God himself.
quote: Prove what?
quote: I will try to give you a simple illustration.
quote: That is the fourth day. You will get your moon and stars. A misunderstanding of light.
quote: You look up that definition yet?
quote: This time at least make sure it contains factual unbiased info.
quote: If you don't see it, it is not there.
quote: "It was there all along,I just didn't see it." or "It appeared?"
quote: An intelligent person would look into it and find out it was there all along we just didn't see it.
quote: For example, in the 18th century, the Biblical flood of Noah was an accepted fact because it was in the Bible. People believed that God flooded the entire Earth. Today, we know this is impossible, there simply isn't enough water, to say nothing about the atmospheric changes that would occur. Therefore, we've re-interpreted the Bible to say that it was a more local flood instead of global.
quote: It's not a NASA goal to find life elsewhere in the universe, it's a human goal. What exactly is your problem with that?
quote: All NASA has to do is mention the magical word of "Life" on another planet in order to get all the atheists, which suffer from StarTrekism, to have collective orgasms and become relevant for the next 15 minutes. It's all about relavance and funding.
quote: LOL, you have no evidence that it is a human goal to find "water" or "life" on other planets.
quote: Your ilk is projecting your fairy tale dreams on everyone.
quote: I have thought about the issue, which I refute and I have thought about the people that are pushing this crap and I refute them as well.