Wednesday, February 16, 2005

BREAKING NEWS: Life likely exists on Mars

A pair of NASA scientists told a group of space officials at a private meeting that they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on Mars, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water.
g Signs of current life on Mars, researchers claim: Methane signatures seen hinting at possibilities underground; see article and article.

g Extremophilic microbes may exist on Mars: Creatures may live in hypersaline environments.
g Is there life on Mars?: Looking for rock solid evidence; see article.
g Rovers spot strange shapes on Mars: Features first thought to have been left behind by tools; see article.
g Mars analogs may exist in Earth’s extreme environments: Scientist finds one at the world’s highest lake on Chile’s Licancabur volcano; see article (scroll to “Live from Licancabur”).

g New rock type found at Mars: 'Peace' offers new clues to planet's watery past; see article and article.
g What’s up below Mars: The use of orbiting radar to probe the first three miles underneath the Martian surface has been green lighted; see article.
g Evidence for underground water: Mars gullies likely formed by underground aquifiers; see article.

g Mars Express delivers avalanche of data: European space agency scientists review what they’ve discovered.
g Inventions on parade: NASA's Mars Rover project gave rise to an imaging tool that builds, in seconds, three-dimensional models from digital photos; see article.NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission Web page.

g Latest news from Spirit and Rover:
g The Mars Society: Private group seeks manned expedition to Red Planet; see article.
g Test your Mars IQ: Quiz.
g The Mars movie guide: What movies and videos are available about Mars; see list.

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