Giovanni Schiaparelli turned his telescope to the red planet, making him the first man to map Mars. Mr. Schiaparelli has observed dark areas, which he says are "connected to the sea." The findings capture the public's imagination, triggering an obsession that has lingered ever-since.
Algae, lichens and "Martian mushrooms" have been published by the NASA rovers Opportunity and Curiosity.
and photos of 15 mushroom-shaped specimens purport to
Dr Regina Dass, of the Department of Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, India, the study's co-author said: "There are no geological or other abiogenic forces
"In fact, fifteen specimens were photograp
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And Dr Vincenzo Rizzo, a National Research Council's biogeologist, points to the recent change in Martian methane as additional evidence of life.
He said: "As we detail in our article, 90 percent of terrestrial methane is biological in origin and frequency
"The cyclic fluctuation in Martian methane is reflective of active biology, which is also illustrated in and after pictures of specimen photographed by NASA."
However, the evidence is so controversial, the prestigious Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews
And while three of these rej
The journal's official position is: "Evidence is not proof and there is no proof of life on Mars."
"Abiogenic explanations for this evidence can not be ruled out. "
Dr Rizzo said.
Dr. Rizzo said : "We are not disagreeing with NASA.
However, hematite is also a product of biological activity.
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"Just as stromatolites are fashioned together via the action of cyanobacteria, fungi and bacteria help to cultivate terrestrial hematites together."
"We should expect the same biological processes helped fashion hematite on Mars. "
Dr. That added:" Hematite also does not take the shape of lichens. "
" These Martian specimens have mushroom shapes, stalks and stems and are the same height and have the same growth patterns as terrestrial lichens. "
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