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Biological Activity on Mars

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the evil-green-things-from-outer-space dept.

Mars 489

visination.com writes "Recent ground based observations of Mars have confirmed the presence of water and methane. The 300 year life time of methane on Mars is short, giving scientists reason to beleive that Mars may be biologically active." From the article: "Every one of these longitudes shows a very substantial enhancement in the equatorial zone...So this is a very intense source of methane on Mars in this region. It also requires a very rapid decay of methane...more rapid than photochemistry would allow..."

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Late-breaking news: (5, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286495)

Today the Council of Elders confirmed the rumours that the sinister blue planet third from our star has managed to detect traces of life upon our world.

K'breel, speaker for the Council, stressed that there was no cause for alarm:



"While this is truly a troubling development, rest asured that the mighty Council has forseen this, and has taken the necessary steps to deal with the situation. The asteroid the Council has set in motion is on target to strike the invaders' planet in a few short years, and its payload of biological toxin, specially formulated to destroy their disgusting cellular structure, will insure our continued safety and serenity."


When challenged by pro-life activists present at the conference, who asserted that the invaders were living beings just as we are, and that we did not have the right to arbitrarily exterminate an entire species, K'Breel replied tersely:


"Wrong. Watch us."

Re:Late-breaking news: (-1, Troll)

Zareste (761710) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286530)

I'm so inspired I think I'll go bomb an abortion clinic, sacrifice a virgin, kill anyone involved in helping the human race with medical science and exterminate people who masturbate and kill thousands of living beings with a napkin.

Re:Late-breaking news: (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286589)

It's good to hear from our new Pope.

by 'our' I mean your, and my 'your', I mean not mine.

Re:Late-breaking news: (1)

kyle90 (827345) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286548)

Well, we all know that the martians will eventually be killed by bacteria in our atmosphere. Anyone else think this is an interesting time for this announcement; considering that the remade "War of the Worlds" is coming out this summer? I call shenanigans.

Re:Late-breaking news: (0, Troll)

Mahou (873114) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286680)

man i hated that story, i thought it was such crap, not the concept of bacteria killing invaders, though; just everything else was crap. but the movie actually looks like it has a chance at being good

Re:Late-breaking news: (5, Funny)

0x461FAB0BD7D2 (812236) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286559)

Disgusting cellular structure? 3G is not that bad, honestly.

Re:Late-breaking news: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286601)

Zing!

Re:Late-breaking news: (5, Funny)

notmyeye (877399) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286568)

"...will insure our continued safety and serenity."

I hope the deductible is reasonable.

Re:Late-breaking news: (5, Funny)

Vengeance_au (318990) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286618)

However what K'breel fails to understand is:

Biological life on mars --> fossils --> oil

therefore, I give Dubbya 5 days to declare a war on Martian WMD's, terrorism, or being anti freedom. And hey, if the above news about the asteroid comes to light, he'll have a 50% strike rate on invading for legitimate reasons!

MOD PARENT UP ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286732)

TROLL? MOD Parent UP !

Very Insightfull !

Re:Late-breaking news: (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286800)

Not only that, but it's the RED planet. So if there are any lifeforms there, they must be commies. That's all the reason we need to invade!

Re:Late-breaking news: (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286720)

I for one welcome our new Methane producing Martian Overlords

Re:Late-breaking news: (1, Troll)

Canuck_TV (804581) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286772)

s/K'breel/G. W. Bush Sorry, too easy...

Life was predicted years ago (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286867)

Quoting the author of "Creater and the Cosmos" (book). Sorry I don't have the name, I memorized this but forgot the guy's name. The book is not in front of me.
I predict that someday life will be found on Mars. This has nothing to do with the origins of life. It has everything to do with Mars' proximity to Earth.

He went on to describe how bacteria are routinely found in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, and how meteorite impacts are almost certain to propel them into space. Furthermore, he described how many species of bacteria form spores, and that these spores were known to tolerate high temperatures, low temperatures, radiation (!), and exposure to a vacuum for an extended period of time.

In essence, bacteria can make the trip to Mars. The only question is whether or not Earth bacteria can survive there.

Cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286501)

Cool, if it really is active. If it isn't, oh well.

Has to be said... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286505)

I for one welcome our new methane decay-causing martian overlords.

There it is..No, there it is! (4, Funny)

qw(name) (718245) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286516)

Why does it feel like our scientists are just chasing after the wind when it comes to the search for life on Mars?

Re:There it is..No, there it is! (3, Interesting)

uberdave (526529) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286566)

I'd be glad if they found such evidence. It would provide the best possible excuse for a manned mission.

Re:There it is..No, there it is! (1)

Vulture101 (728858) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286856)

if life was found on Mars the last thing i would do is a manned mission, the risk of contamination would be too great

i think that noone would want that the austronauts bring back some kind of unknown bacteria that is impossible to have defenses against ( would that be classified as a WMD ? )

Re:There it is..No, there it is! (1)

Duhavid (677874) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286609)

I dont think they are so much chasing the wind as breaking it. ( Explains the methane... )

Re:There it is..No, there it is! (1)

qw(name) (718245) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286625)

They are chasing after someone elses broken wind...

Re:There it is..No, there it is! (2, Funny)

HermanAB (661181) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286638)

They are chasing bacterial farts...

Methane (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286517)

Great, we discover extraterrestrial life and it smells like farts.

Re:Methane (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286624)

I smell like farts, I think I will like them. I hope they are funny farts, not sad, melencholy farts.

Re:Methane (1)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286639)

Shucks, any good gardener will tell you rot makes the best fertilizer

Re:Methane (4, Informative)

TheAwfulTruth (325623) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286695)

Of course everyone knows that Methane has no smell and the Methane in farts has nothing to do with the odor...

Right?

To all Apple faggots (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286520)

Tiger GM [eastgame.net]

Thank you good sir (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286542)

ROR!

methane, biological life, etc... (2, Funny)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286522)

not gonna say it... too easy.... not gonna say it

Re:methane, biological life, etc... (0)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286543)

> not gonna say it... too easy.... not gonna say it

Ugly bag of gassified clathrates!

Re:methane, biological life, etc... (1)

spidereyes (599443) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286826)

I love the smell of methane in the morning...

Re:methane, biological life, etc... (3, Funny)

El (94934) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286839)

Must. Resist. Urge. To. Make. Martian. Fart. Jokes!

i know. (1)

araczynski (265221) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286523)

crystaline entities...

Maybe... (1)

Marthisdil (606679) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286532)

Mars farted...thus, the methane...

Re:Maybe... (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286586)

I suspect somebody in the telescope room farted, polluting the spectragraph results. Now a 2 Billion fruitless methane mission will be sent up just because some guy had the Delux Bean-a-Mania burrito.

Or... (5, Informative)

SecState (667211) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286539)

From the article: "The methane could be the result of biological processes. It could also be an "abiotic" geochemical process, however, or the result of volcanic or hydrothermal activity on the red planet." Not to burst your methane bubble or anything.

Indeed (4, Funny)

screwballicus (313964) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286563)

Given recent Photographic Evidence [nasa.gov] , the presence of chocolate compounds would seem to necessitate biological activity.

I'm still waiting... (0, Redundant)

pg110404 (836120) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286564)

...for scientists to find intelligent life on earth.

Re:I'm still waiting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286637)

wise, you mean...

Re:I'm still waiting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286648)

Don't tell them where I am! /me dons tin foil hat and hides in subterranean bunker-system... a.k.a. his parent's basement

Re:I'm still waiting... (0, Offtopic)

Araxen (561411) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286667)

Well, they certainly won't find it at the White Houe in the U.S.

Re:I'm still waiting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286788)

har har har, why the fuck does everyone feel the need to drag political shit into ever-fucking-thing

Terraforming (5, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286565)

You know this eliminates the possibility of terraforming Mars, don't you. We'll have "Save the microbe" campaigns every time a mission is sent there.

Re:Terraforming (2, Funny)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286617)

Maybe its something we can transplant.

Re:Terraforming (1)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286765)

Transplant where?

NIMBY!

Re:Terraforming (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286861)

I really hope someone besides me gets this ST2:WoK reference. I'll be saddened, if not.

Re:Terraforming (2, Interesting)

nizo (81281) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286673)

Unless this life can kill us first, guess who will be living on mars after we arrive, and who will go extinct first? Read "Red Mars" if you aren't sure what the answer is, or ask the dodo bird.

But don't worry, we are probably just picking up methane from frozen deposits that are slowly melting or something like that.

Re:Terraforming (1, Flamebait)

tryone (243924) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286702)

You know this eliminates the possibility of terraforming Mars, don't you. We'll have "Save the microbe" campaigns every time a mission is sent there.

Nah, just call it "Operation Martian Freedom" and mumble something about terrorists, and everyone will be right behind it.

Re:Terraforming (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286840)

Hahahahahaaa!!! Too funny. You know, I've never heard any jokes even remotely similar to this one. I love a good original once in a while. ...

idiot.

Re:Terraforming (1, Interesting)

zoloto (586738) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286743)

screw it. I say we terraform it anyways. Micro sized colonies of amoeba like creatures are great, but if we "stopped" at every pool of living cells we'd walk on eggshells our whole lives! Mars get's special treatment since it's another planet?

Sorry, nothing will form there. Nothing IS there. It's just like the search for the missing link from ape to man. It simply won't be found out.

And one of these days' I'll look forward to presenting the evidence to you directly and without a doubt people will know.

Soy-forming (2, Funny)

PromANJ (852419) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286773)

We also have "Save the rainforest" campaigns. The rainforest is full off unknown species but that doesn't stop the vegetarians from turning it into a giant soy plantage (It's Troll Tuesday right?).

Re:Soy-forming (1)

01000011011101000111 (868998) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286797)

Ahhh troll tuesday... Right up there with Orange wednesdays (evil evil uk mobile company for anyone that don't know, *really* crappy adverts) & flamebait friday as my least favourite day of the week...

Oh Well (-1, Redundant)

PsiCollapse (809801) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286567)

I, for one, welcome our new biologically active orverlords.

Carbon Based (1)

michelcultivo (524114) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286583)

And who known that only exists carbon based life on the Galaxy?

methane (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286585)

Makes me wonder if aliens are watching me fart too...

What this means... (0)

youknowmewell (754551) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286587)

The secret family recipe has been stolen!

Just Curious (5, Interesting)

BigDogCH (760290) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286602)

Okay, firstly, I am not a follower of any major religion, and I have not read the bible, so that is the purpose of this question...

After reading that article, and then reading another article advertised on the same page here [livescience.com] I was starting to feel as if i would be surprised if we DIDN'T find evidence of life on mars. Anyway, I was just wondering what remifications such a finding would have on the bible followers. Is there any reference in the bible as to whether life on other planets exists. Almost every scientific discovery is met with religous opposition, so I was wondering if anyone had any opinions from the religous area. Does the bible say anything about life on other planets?

Re:Just Curious (5, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286652)

The Bible pertains to humans only...God neglected to mention his other projects to us.

Re:Just Curious (4, Insightful)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286672)

Why would it. Depending on what you believe, it was either written by some primitive people or given to people on this planet relating to things on this planet.

That said, no, finding life on other planets would also not mean there is no God or that the bible is false. The ramifications for reasonable people would be very little, but there are plenty of nutcases, religious people and athiests, that will tell you otherwise.

Re:Just Curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286689)

I believe the bible was written before people knew 'planets' in the sence we know them now. More along the lines of like the stars but a bit brighter. IANATS(I am not a theological scolar) but I don't think the bible specificly excludes the posibility, no reason to say that God didn't put life on mars on the eighth day and just not tell us about it. Then again try and explain that to the people that interpret such things in very litteral ways.

Re:Just Curious (5, Insightful)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286700)

Actually, in all seriousness, here's a quote from the Bible:


"Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel upon the earth beside the living creatures one for each of the four of them. As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction, their appearance was like the gleaming of a chrysolite, and the four had the same likeness being as it were a wheel within a wheel. The four wheels had rims and they had spokes, and their rims were full of eyes round about. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them and when the living creatures went, the wheels went with them, for the living creature was in the wheel".
- Ezekiel, chapter 1, Versus 15 thru 21.


Sound like a close encounter to you?

Re:Just Curious (3, Insightful)

toygeek (473120) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286766)

Actually that was a vision by the prophet Ezekiel, it was not a literal physical interaction.

Re:Just Curious (2, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286782)

Suuuuuuuuuure it was...

Re:Just Curious (4, Informative)

toygeek (473120) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286829)

Look in the context.

Ezekiel 1:1

1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, in the fourth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month, while I was in the midst of the exiled people by the river Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I began to see visions of God.

Then it proceeds to describe the vision.

Re:Just Curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286807)

No, Ole Zeke just got hold of an advance copy of a Boston or ELO LP

Re:Just Curious (2, Insightful)

Pillowthink (823672) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286701)

Funny story. The bible doesn't mention other planets. Unless by 'firmament' [genesis], every planet in existence was meant. The bible takes a very local approach to geography [not mentioning far away civilizations, like norway].

Re:Just Curious (3, Interesting)

toygeek (473120) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286731)

The Bible makes no mention of life on other planets. Instead it is focused on life here on earth and what Gods will is, and what his Kindom is, and who his Seed is.

As for Religion being opposed to science in many ways, that has been very true. Even Gallileo was imprisoned by the catholic church because he believed that the Earth was not the center of the universe.

You must realize though that these conflicts were between *religion* and science, not the *Bible* and science.

The Bible, while not a scientific document (and it does not intend to be one) does hold some VERY accurate, simple scientific truths. While his contemporaries believed the world to be flat (along with science at the time), the prophet Isaiah spoke of "the circle of the earth". Another scripture speaks of the Earth hanging by nothing, which is accurate.

Does the Bible have any real thoughts on whether or not there COULD be life anywhere else other than Earth? Well, it does speak of spirit creatures that exist in another realm, with God himself being one of these creatures.

I hope this helps answer your question.

Re:Just Curious (4, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286733)

Does the bible say anything about life on other planets?

Not yet, but it might after the next major revision. From here [bible.org] :


The King James Bible has undergone three revisions since its inception in 1611, incorporating more than 100,000 changes.

I bet they could slip in something about life on Mars during the next revision.

Re:Just Curious (1)

satoshi1 (794000) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286795)

I found that funny. Too bad I lack mod points at the moment...

Re:Just Curious (1)

Duhavid (677874) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286759)

I cant say that I am an expert on the matter, but as a Christian who has read the bible, I thought I would make a stab at answering your question.

I have not yet read anything that out and out talks about other planets. I have not yet read anything that leads me to think that there is something at a different or difficult level that talks about life on other planets.

I would think it would be a bit arrogant for us, believers or not, to assume that the universe was created ( whoever, whatever ) just for us.

I dont think that life itself would ( or should ) cause much grief for any of the sides in the "discussion".

Civilization, on the other hand, would have ramifications. I think the ramifications would be that if we found an alien civilization, and they had religious structures similiar to what we Christians espose, that that would, while not being "proof", would add credibility to our beliefs. Similiarly, should an alien civilization be found that did not have such structures or beliefs, that that fact would reduce the credibility of our beliefs ( I would think that reduction would be slight, one can argue a parallel case to animals on Earth )

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Re:Just Curious (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286850)

Dr. Hugh Ross, who does not believe in evolution, has been theorizing for years that with meteors and billions of years of life on Earth, blowback would have inevitably brought life from Earth to Mars.

Infinite God Theory (0, Flamebait)

jgardn (539054) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286851)

The Bible doesn't talk about other planets, except that there are stars and that they are created and move according to God's will. It is silent on whether or not there is more than just the race of humanity. All we know about is ourselves and our own history.

The one theory that was unacceptable hundreds of years ago but is more and more plausible today goes something like this.

(1) God is an infinite God.

(2) This earth is a finite earth - IE, definite beginning and end, limited scope.

(3) An infinite God cannot be satisfied with a finite creation. After all, to an infinite being, everything finite is nothing. Creating a single earth would be about as meaningful as doing nothing. We cannot imagine an intelligent God that does things without meaning or purpose (because lacking meaning and purpose is also a lack of intelligence).

(4) However, if God creates an infinite number of worlds, then it will be significant and meaningful and purposeful to an infinite God.

(5) Therefore, God is engaged in a process of creating worlds without end, and we are merely one of the worlds he has created and are not unique. This is the only logically consistant reasoning.

There are scriptures that seem to support this concept. For instance, we know that God is eternal and unchanging. How can this be if His sole earthly creation is definitely not eternal and unchanging? It makes more sense that He continually creates these worlds.

If you believe this idea, then it will be quite easy to accept that there was either at one point life on Mars, or there will be at one point life on Mars, or that there is life on Mars even as we speak. In fact, all planets at one point in their history may have been earths like our very own. (The concept of solar construction -- which is supported by direct observation! -- seems to support this. All planets grow and accumulate matter over time.) We know from observations here on earth that God's creations are not purposeless. Why have planets that are barren and pointless when they can just as easily be used for other things?

It also explains why there is an infinite expanse in the heavens with an infinite number of stars and apparently an infinite number of planets orbiting those stars. An infinite God would need that many planets to keep himself from going insane with boredom.

What I believe is more interesting is how evolutionists will explain how evolution occured on two planets within the same solar system. I can understand evolutionists imagining that somewhere in the expanse of the cosmos there are other planets with evolved life, but to find such a case in the same solar system? Should we actually find this life, and determine that it is similar to life on earth, the evolutionists will be left trying to explain how life from earth travelled to Mars without spacecraft to carry it there. (There are plausible explanations for this.)

Creationists can easily explain it as being created on Mars by the same God that created it here.

Re:Just Curious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286863)

Well the usual argument, from the atheistic point of view, when faced with the odds that life would spontaneously generate, evolve into single celled asexual organisms, evolve into mult-celled sexual orgamisms, etc..., is usually the scale argument: " Life tried to originate all over the universe and do to the odds of success, was only rarely successful - if it didn't succeed here you wouldn't have known it".

So what would be the atheistic explanation for life spontaneously generating on two planets right next to eachother? What are the chances of that!!

Sounds like a proof for the existence of God.

This has been found on other planets too (5, Funny)

The_Rippa (181699) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286603)

Scientists recently found large amounts of methane gas around Uranus.

Wait until .. (0, Offtopic)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286608)

Wait until they find the Simpsons really do exist and to prevent a lawsuit Fox had them flown to Mars, along with several cases of Duff beer.

Cool Discovery Channel Show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286611)

I see a cool Discovery Channel show in about 50 years -- "Life of the Martian methane germ"

Should be about as exciting as watching bugs fart. Wait a minute, that's exactly what we'll be doing.

Provocative Pictures from MOC (4, Interesting)

Derling Whirvish (636322) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286628)

There are some rather strange images [msss.com] from the Mars Orbiter Camera [msss.com] that don't appear to show geologic activity at first glance and do resemble bacteria beds or something organic. We need to go investigate!

Re:Provocative Pictures from MOC (4, Interesting)

Derling Whirvish (636322) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286760)

Even more such pictures are at this site [curiousnotions.com] dedicated to pointing them out. Wow. Just wow.

Activity (3, Funny)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286634)

And after further investigation several single celled life forms were recovered from the martian surface. Initial test results suggest the average martian microbe is TEN TIMES more biologically active than their earthling slashdotting counter parts.

Fossils? (3, Interesting)

JTWYO (583112) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286644)

One thing I haven't seen discussed but would like to, is to what stage could life have evolved in the period that it was particularly ripe for life? In that time frame, could there have been significant multicellular life? Significant enough to leave interesting fossils? It has been a lifelong dream of mine to go fossil hunting in an old river or lakebed on Mars. I'm young, so I might still realize it (even though highly, highly unlikely), unless the period of wetness on mars didn't last long enough to have any hope for such things. I'd settle for piloting a probe equipped with a little pick and brush. Fingers crossed.

Come on (1)

adrizk (137574) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286649)

Going a bit far for a publicity stunt for the new Spielberg version of War of the Worlds [imdb.com] aren't we?

Why isn't the data coming from more close up? (4, Interesting)

DumbSwede (521261) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286661)

I understand the one-step-at-time approach NASA is pursuing with regard to the search for life on Mars, but it strikes me a little odd that the methane concentrations on Mars are being measured by telescopes based here on Earth. Why haven't current orbiters been equipped to sense this in a more direct fashion. I would think exact precise chemical composition of the air would be a high priority. In fact, how sensitive would the Viking data have been on showing possible methane concentrations in the atmosphere? My recommendation to NASA: more emphasis on chemical analysis in future missions. Yeah, I know the Rocket Scientists are probably already thinking this. Hopefully this new data will get the proper equipment funded for the next Mars shots. And yes I know everything is a trade off and we do chemical analysis as part of every mission to some degree. But damn, we have to use scopes here on Earth to get this data?!?

Re:Why isn't the data coming from more close up? (1)

learn fast (824724) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286834)

The Mars Climate Orbiter, Mars Polar Lander and the ESA's Beagle 2 had stuff like this, but as you may have heard all crashed/failed.

So THAT'S why Bush wants the mission to Mars... (0, Flamebait)

kc01 (772943) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286668)

More opportunities to wreck another environment!

condo? (1)

AndreySeven (840823) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286676)

I hope this changes nothing with regards to my future condo on Mars. Althought the availability of cheap native labor could decrease the price...*ponder*

Methane? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286694)

Methane, huh? So what they're saying is someone got their ass to Mars?

Dang... (2, Funny)

JasonMaggini (190142) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286696)

I knew I should have kept those Slim Whitman CDs my grandmother left me.

wouldnt a 'half life' be a better definition (2, Insightful)

avandesande (143899) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286709)

What is that 300 year figure from? Wouldn't the use of 'half-life' be more appropriate?

Half Life??? (4, Funny)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286753)

Great...now we have to design the probes to withstand headcrab attacks.

Re:wouldnt a 'half life' be a better definition (2, Informative)

JabberWokky (19442) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286822)

Not when you know the sensitivity of your measuring instruments. Plus a half life assumes a particular slope which why it generally refers to radioactive decay of unstable isotopes.

--
Evan "This is a simple explaination - no need to pick nits"

Has it been said? (1)

darw!n (867623) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286719)

I, for one, welcome our new - oh nevermind

Methane in the equatorial zone? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Custard (587661) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286728)

Every one of these longitudes shows a very substantial enhancement in the equatorial zone...So this is a very intense source of methane on Mars in this region.

I believe I may have the solution! If you'll kindly lower your nose to my personal equatorial zone, and pull my finger gently, I'll show you what I mean...

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286735)

NASA reversed its original position on eventually sending humans to Mars. The President of the United States backed this decision stating, "I have always known that Mars smelled like ass. This is why I have cut NASA's funding so that they would be unable to reach it anyways." Hours later, President Bush offered another statement of retirement, going on to say, "I have decided to retire as President of the United States, it has been a great trip for all of us. I am going to be retiring with my brethren to Mars."

Shortly after a large rocket filled with chimps was seen launching from the vicinity of Washington D.C.

mod dow8 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286746)

driHven out by the philosophies must DRIVEN OUT BY THE start a holy war

To stupid scientists (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286757)

You stupid scientists, don't waste you fucking time with stupid search for ETs. There's no such a thing. It's god who created us. There's no such a stupid thing like evolution and crap. Don't waste the fucking money on such crap, give the them to poor ppl so that they can feed themselves. And you stupid /. crowd don't be fucking stupid to waste your brain on such issues. Go do some MS bashing.

Re:To stupid scientists (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286796)

Thanks for sharing, Mr. President.

Nonbiological in origin. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286771)

The methane is coming from nonbiological sources. There are large tracts of gas trapped under the Martian surface and they have been leaking out ever since they were loosed by Arnold Schwartzenneger.

For more information on the subject see the excellent documentary Total Recall.

KaBoom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286775)

Where's the kaboom? There's supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!!

Thar be Dragons on Mars! (2, Insightful)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#12286806)

An tha beasties live in active volcanoes!

Tis like I were tellin ya, bout them strange underwater dragons wot lived beneath the waves in Davy Jones locker, feastin on the heat of the volcanoes that go down straight ta Hades ...

.

.

Seriously, just because life exists in biological and temperature extremes, as was recently discovered by researchers here at the University of Washington - Huskies represent! - doesn't necessarily mean that there has yet been proven to be life on Mars. That requires something to validate the hypothesis, like a mars rover, or a manned space flight, or some other validation. We only have emissions and temperature readings, which could be caused by other things, given our lack of data to date.

But kudos if it is life!

I knew it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12286841)

That would explain my mother-in-law
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