The possible

Life on Mars.

In the past few months, conclusive evidence has been found that Mars once had water on its surface, but one greater question remains: Was there, or is there still, life on Mars as well?

Scientists may be on the brink of answering that question with an equally conclusive ‘yes’, as convincing evidence has been detected by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.

An instrument on the rover identified spikes of methane that scientists believe may have come from bacteria-like organisms on the surface – and it could be the first alien life ever detected.

So now for the impossible, eh? Let’s search for intelligent life in Westminster.

17 thoughts on “The possible”

  1. I am extremely sceptical that this is biogenic. I’m also quite sceptical that biogenic is the correct term for “made by living things” but I’m too lazy to look it up first thing in the morning.

  2. @ IanB – biogenic? nice try.

    I think the correct terms are:
    * if it’s a bad evil thing, then anthropogenic (“man-caused”)
    * if it’s a wonderful, fluffy fragrant thing (puppies, lambs etc) then presumably femogenic is the word, for brought about by your friendly neighbourhood feminist

  3. So Much for Subtlety

    Anyone want to take bets how long it takes the Greenies to demand hands off Mars? That no more probes ought to be sent and Mars, basically, declared an off-limits nature preserve?

    I reckon Friday.

  4. Yes, but surely the only question we need to ask is are there any incriminating items of clothing in the scientist’s wardrobe?

  5. bloke (not) in spain

    Sorry SMfS. They’ve been doing that for years. There were objections to the Martian landers coming from the wilder reaches of US greenery, whilst they were still on the drawing board, on exactly that basis. The search for life could contaminate life. Best not to look.

  6. Rob wins!

    BTW, if men are from Mars, the only humane, progressive, and socially just solution is to nuke it from orbit. Down with Martianpatriarchalcisgenderness!

  7. The problem here is defining intelligence. There’s a certain level of animal cunning necessary to be a successful politician, after all.

  8. Terminology aside, it is a bit early for scientists to be bigging this up. A lot of confirmation is needed before a definitive answer can be given.

    After all we are still waiting for the oceans to be catalysed into polywater.

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