Mars Update

@jands1 (835)
United States
August 6, 2008 11:59am CST
Evidence of Perchlorate has been uncovered in soil tests on Mars by NASA's Phoenix Mars. This finding has surprised scientists. In addition, scientists are strongly denying that such a large quantity of salt rules out the possibility of life. Afterall, Chile's Atacama Desert is the largest reserve of Perchlorate, and is not completely void of life. Microbes are found in abundance. Although the Perchlorate was found weeks ago, it is only now that this information is being released because they wanted to run additional tests. Knowing this now, how much closer do you think we are to proving, either way, regarding life on Mars? A year? Ten years? A hundred years?
5 responses
@rocker21 (2720)
• India
9 Aug 08
Whenever we talk about life we talk about water first. Why dont we think about air, O2? what about that? Even if we found water over Planet Mars, would it be able to really survive in the climate Mars Planet has? Its really a big deal finding just water and doing nothing else. It would take more than a thousand years for humans to completely adjust there. Either make the Red Planet like what we want. Or make ourselves suit the Red Planet. I can see only 2 things that can be done!
@jands1 (835)
• United States
9 Aug 08
Thank you rocker21, for your thoughts on this. We tend to talk about water first because of the linear thinking of science that life originated. on Earth, in water. I think they don't talk about a human-acceptable atmosphere (air) on Mars, because it isn't there. But, via water, and other elements, air can be created. As for making Mars the way we, as humans, want it or making ourselves suit Mars, we already muck about so much with Earth. I don't really think we are in a position to become "custodians" of another planet. :D
@rocker21 (2720)
• India
16 Aug 08
yeah you are right!
@gaisri (154)
• India
30 Oct 08
Hi..This is an interesting topic i missed out..I always get facinated when life in other planets are discussed. I have read a lot of books regarding the subject and according to Vedhas, the Most Ancient Text of hindus, Life existied in atleast 4 of the planets. They have faced extinction because of natural causes. Animals like Dino have faced extinction due to factors unknown to us. I always think that we not at all alone in the universe and i think we are very close , may be 2 years, in finding the truth about this..
@jands1 (835)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Vedhas is one of many ancient texts that refer to other worlds and life. Reviews of Summerian texts are a bit odd in that we aren't sure if they are referring to other planes of existence or other planets. Either way, the Cradle of Civilization had it going on. I am of the mind we are not alone. But, life is as simple as a single celled bacteria or virus all the way to something that makes us, as humans, look like a simple life form. There are many universes and vast possibilities.
@ronaldinu (12455)
• Malta
30 Oct 08
I believe that it will take us more time to discover the whole truth about life. We still have to make scientific discoveries and experiments that will help us in this aspect.@ ronaldinu 2008
@jands1 (835)
• United States
30 Oct 08
Scientifically speaking, we live in a very exciting time. New discoveries. Theories revised. The whole nine yards. I' am estimating that it will be at least 20 more years before we have more solid answers. Thanks for your input ronaldinu.
@lou1982 (122)
16 Aug 08
there is a theory that mars and the earth were closer to the sun and mars had the earths climate so could well have had life on they say Neptune was a comet that came crashing through our solar system knocking the planets out of line the magnetic pull then brought Neptune into orbit in our solar system, the bumps on the planets could well support this theory. if you think how long humanity has been around in comparison to how long the solar systems been around, who says we are in the billions of years the only intelligent life form to have evolved in our solar system is us? it could well be there was once life on mars as or more advanced than us that could travel into space and moved to earth when there planet could no longer support life! its only a theory but one i find very interesting
@jands1 (835)
• United States
17 Aug 08
From a Mathematical standpoint, the likelyhood of the various life forms on Earth being the only life forms that exist, not only in this universe, but all other universes, is slim. And isn't Math what got us into space? :D
• United States
15 Jun 10
mars is more...past its prime. the world was already formed, the world already had life on it, the world had lakes, glaciers, plants, air. but it doesn't now, what ever we're looking at, its just remains, its kind of a grim thing, but it is what it is