Martian Life? (was FW: NBCs Debacle on Human Origins)

Bosley_J (BosleyJ@ORE.PSB.BLS.GOV)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 11:41:00 EST

>>Is this a serious question? 1. There is no accepted evidence of
life on Mars or anywhere else at any time in the past or present.<<

NASA (or the new International Conglomerate Space Program) wants to spend
beaucoup $$ to send spacecraft to Mars to try to determine *whether* there
was ever any life there--it's fairly widely accepted that at one time *many*
millenia ago Mars was much wetter and thus a less hostile environment. But
I've never heard anyone suggest that they would be looking for any life form
more advanced than analogues to primitive terrestrial organisms such as
cyanobacteria or lichens...