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January 15, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Clouds of Methane May Mean Life on Mars

Filed under: Extraterrestrial Life, Mars — bferrari @ 10:18 am
Mars during its most recent closest approach to Earth in December 2007. (NASA)

Mars during its most recent closest approach to Earth in December 2007. (NASA)

NASA scientists are expected to announce Thursday they may have proof there is life on Mars.

The scientists suspect alien microbes may be alive and kicking just below the soil of the big planet, after large quantities of what may be the organisms’ waste products were detected.

The organisms — called methanogens — are suspected to have been living in water beneath underground ice, where they are disgorging tons and tons of methane.

On Earth, methane is produced in massive quantities by animals such as cows, sheep and goats, as well as by geological processes.

Giant telescopes from Earth and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted a haze of the gas surrounding Mars, and according to some scientists this can only point to the presence of life on Mars.

“Methane is a product of biology,” British Mars expert Professor Colin Pillinger told the London tabloid The Sun Wednesday night.

• Click here to read more from News Corp Australia.

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