Mars: ‘Life On The Red Planet Is 99% Certain’

Posted on April 13, 2012


New analysis of soil samples taken on a Mars mission in 1976have revealed evidence of

This artist's concept depicts a Viking lander ...

life, a report claims.

The samples, collected by Nasa’s twin Viking Mars landers, were initially thought to show proof of geological activity, but not biological evidence.

But new analysis by researchers at the University of Siena and California’s Keck Institute believe the original experiments may have been flawed and that there was proof of microbial life.

“On the basis of what we’ve done so far, I’d say I’m 99 per cent sure there’s life there,” said Joseph D Miller, associated professor of cell and neurobiology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School.

He added: “To paraphrase an old saying, ‘if it looks like a microbe and acts like a microbe, then it probably is a microbe.”

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