Life on Mars: Fact or Fiction?

- 03 Feb 2010

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From the OSR Blog

When asked about their belief in the existence of alien life, nearly 70% of the American public says that they believe in the possibility of life on other planets. The discovery of extra-terrestrial life would be one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time. The announcement that fossilized microorganisms may have been found in a Martian meteorite fueled excitement in the scientific community.

Mars, the frozen planet that takes it’s red appearance from the iron oxides in it’s atmosphere, has long been held as the nearest planet possible of containing life. With its mountains, canyons, and volcanoes, the planet’s topography is very much like Earth’s. On Earth, water is believed to be the source of life, and the information sent back to NASA by Mars Rovers shows that Mars was once a very wet planet. What caused the dramatic shift in the Martian climate? Does life still exist deep in the caverns of Mars or under its surface? Those questions are still being explored. In the future, life on Mars may actually be human. Scientists continue to research the possibility of creating future colonies on Mars.

Organizations Dedicated to Researching Life on Mars

  • SETI Institute: Researching the origin, nature, and life in the universe
  • JPL: The Jet Propulsion Lab’s Mars program
  • The Planetary Society: Dedicated to exploring the possibility of extra-terrestrial life
  • ESA Mars Express: The European Space Agency’s Mars program
  • NASANASA’s Mars Exploration Program

Evidence and Theories of Life of Mars

Past and Future Missions to Mars

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