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Monday, March 29, 2004
  Methane may prove life on Mars, and then we can kill it Via KurzweilAI.net come these two tibits:

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Methane on Mars could signal life:
"It was detected by telescopes on Earth and has recently been confirmed by instruments onboard the European Space Agency's orbiting Mars Express craft.
Methane lives for a short time in the Martian atmosphere so it must be being constantly replenished.
There are two possible sources: either active volcanoes, none of which have been found yet on Mars, or microbes."


I don't know, but what are the odds of a third, as yet unknown source? But, microbes would be fun. Who would sign environmental treaties for the Martians? Who gets to be their legal representative, and how do they get paid?

Especially since todays Guardian has an article on how scientists are planning to terra form Mars, which would likely kill any life currently existing in the Martian soil. The Guardian's web site is down right now, but should it come back up, you should be able to get there via KurzwweilAI.net here.

Link now working (3:01am, 3/30).

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Now Nasa looks to change Mars into a garden of Earthly delights:
"Most astronomers agree that Mars could be turned into a little Earth, though it would take decades to achieve this goal and would require massive expenditure. But many scientists are horrified by the concept.

'The idea of terraforming Mars is extreme, but it is not cranky - that is the truly horrible thing about it,' said Paul Murdin, of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. 'If it was just a silly science-fiction notion, you could laugh it off. But the idea is terribly real. That is why it is dreadful. We are mucking up this world at an incredible pace at the same time that we are talking about screwing up another planet.'

Over the past months, astronomers have become increasingly confident they will find Martian lifeforms after decades of disappointment. Europe's Mars Express and America's two robot rovers, Spirit and Opportunity - which are all investigating the planet at present - have detected strong evidence that water, mixed with soil, exists in large amounts on Mars. "


 
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