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Re: British Attempt To 'Sniff' Out Life On Mars

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 20:24:09 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 23:32:25 -0400
Subject: Re: British Attempt To 'Sniff' Out Life On Mars


> From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 01:02:36 +0200
> Subject: Re: Researcher Presents Case For Liquid Water On Mars

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> The full published paper is at

> http://www.biospherics.com/mars/spie2/spie98.htm

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> From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 09:16:30 +0200
> Subject: British Attempt To 'Sniff' Out Life On Mars

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> http://www2.nando.net/newsroom/ntn/health/072898/health19_4884_noframes.html

> Stig

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> (July 28, 1998 02:10 a.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) --
> British scientists hope to land an instrument on Mars that will
> "sniff" the presence of life. Beagle 2 -- the name evokes
> Charles Darwin's world-changing voyage aboard HMS Beagle in 1831
> -- could be launched aboard a European mission called "Mars
> Express" in 2003.

Hi everyone,

Two years ago NASA announced to the world that after careful
studies of a rock recovered in Antarctica thought to be from
Mars, they were now confident that microbial life existed there.
Not everyone was convinced though.

Two years later, we are now informed by Dr. Levin (see Stig's 24
Jul post above) that "Last year, a paper by the senior author
concluded that the Labeled Release (LR) Experiment on the 1976
Viking Mission to Mars had detected living microorganisms in the
planet's surface material."..."The purpose of this paper is to
establish the presence of liquid water in the surface material of
Mars, and in sufficient quantity to support microorganisms,
thereby eliminating all explanations but a biological
interpretation of the LR Mars results.
In short, microbial life on Mars was discovered back in 1976.

In the next few years the Europeans plan to land a spacecraft on
Mars to "sniff" for the presence of life (see Stig's 28 Jul post
above).  If Dr. Levin is correct, I think the Europeans are
nearly 28 years too late.  Stay tuned to CNN...

Nick Balaskas