According to an article on the SpaceFlightNow site, NASA scientists have found new Data on a Martian meteorite that was discovered on Earth 13 years ago.
Apparently, this new data is “providing a powerful new case for the Allen Hills Meteorite to have carried strong evidence of Martian life to Earth – evidence that is increasingly standing up to scrutiny as new analytical tools are used to examine the specimen.”
The latest findings are said to be “full of evidence that supports the existence of life on the surface of Mars, or in subsurface water pools, early in the planet’s history.”
It is believed that a comet or asteroid hit Mars and diverted the meteorite off the planet’s surface, before it crashed in Antarctica 13,000 years ago.
Initially (1996), NASA claimed they had found what looked like tiny fossils in the meteorite and said they were traces of Martian organisms, but some scientists argued the meteorite was contaminated, while others claimed the ‘fossil’ shapes could have been formed when the meteorite was first blasted into space.
However, thanks to the new data, it would seem that NASA’s first assumption was correct.
Further news on these latest findings is expected to be released in the next few days.
Mars has always been a favourite with most people to have supported life, even though this may no longer exist now. Many scientists believe the Red planet was covered with vast amounts of water in its earlier history, but something presumably happened to change all that.
Did Mars encounter some natural disaster that destroyed its atmosphere, was it hit by a large asteroid? Such events could produce much the same results on Earth.
There has been speculation that the inhabitants of Mars may have had advanced warning of their pending doom, and some escaped destruction by making it to Earth. There is certainly plenty of evidence to suggest that a more advanced race existed on our planet many millions of years ago, even before the known appearance of “humans” and before the existence of dinosaurs.
Perhaps one day we may discover that our ancestors had more exotic and distant origins?