There have been recent announcements that there are plumes of methane coming from an area on the Martian surface. There is speculation that these plumes are coming from mud volcanoes, where liquid water is being forced up to the surface by the escaping methane. There is also speculation that the methane could be produced by microorganisms living a kilometer or more below the surface, where temperatures could be high enough to keep water liquid.
I’m waiting for a lander, like Phoenix, to be sent to these volcanoes to see if there really is life among the mud.
This is fascinating stuff, Silver. Thanks for keeping us all up to date!
I don’t think many are aware of the implications of this quietly unfolding story on Mars. For much of what is considered by the mainstream to be our accepted history the planet earth was considered to be the centre of the universe. Everything revolved around earth. Not just the sun and the other planets but indeed all the stars and EVERYTHING. The thought was usually that the earth was a very special place in the universe as it was the only place that God decided to create life. Everything else – the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars… all of these things were created by God just for us. To light our day and beautify our night. Such was our arrogance. But you know… most of us haven’t actually changed much since then. Go ask a random selection of strangers “do you believe there is intelligent life on other planets” or the almost equivalent question “do you believe UFO’s could be travellers from other planets” and you will get anything from “I’m not sure” to “it’s possible” to “I don’t know” to the good old “No, God only made life here on earth”. The point I am making here is that we actually haven’t moved on very far from the belief that earth is totally unique and special and there is nowhere else in All That Is that has life on it.
Well. This is about to change. Softly, quietly we are having the news broken to us that, while it is true that our world is beautiful and remarkable, it is not unusual to find life “out there”. It will start with Mars. We have moved in quite short order from “it’s sterile” to “it MIGHT have some water on it” to “there MIGHT be some life where the water is” to “we can now identify Methane plumes which probably indicate Methanogenic bacteria”. The next step is the discovery of those simple life forms which will prove that there IS life on Mars. And if there is life on Mars COULD there be life elsewhere? That will be the next question. Analysis of comet dust and the like will continue to show that there is in face life EVERYWHERE. The next question will be “but is the advanced life… intelligence that we can communicate with?” And THAT will be the point at which we will be ready to know the truth. An interesting moment in our planets history indeed!
Zingdad, I totally agree with your first paragraph, and the second one is very interesting, I haven’t seen it that way yet!
Silversurfer, thx for keeping us up to date. This is indeed very interesting stuff. Tomorrow at lunch I will tell my family about it. 😆 Will be a nice conversation I can foresee!! 😀
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