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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Methane on Mars May Lead to Bacteria

Methane plumes on Mars first discovered in 2003 may be from microbe life underground or unforeseen volcanic vents according to NASA scientists. Scientists seek to determine if the gas is the product of an interaction between rock and ice or if is released by microbial life. More from The Washington Post, The SUN, The Times of London, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and the BBC. [NASA Mars Press Conference Vid 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.]

2 comments:

Quantum_Flux said...

Ah, yes, I remember this news coming out in 2003. I wonder if the renewed interest is due to an attempt by NASA to get more funding from the Obama administration.

I, for one, would like to see an entreprenuer like Burt Rutan working on a rover project, of course with the help of academia such as ASU and UA.

Quantum_Flux said...

My apologies for innapropriately talking politics here. It is very cool that there are methane plumes on mars, I wonder if it is possible to be of methane hydrate form.