Dr. Gilbert Levin, who worked on the Viking Mars lander in the 1970s, claims that NASA has already answered the "ultimate question," namely, that Mars supports the lives of aliens. In a blog post for American Scientific, Dr. Levin, the rover he worked on, found biological formations that revealed the presence of microbial organisms on Mars.
He said, "On July 30, 1976, the LR returned its first results from Mars. Amazingly, they were positive.
"In the remainder of the experiment, a total of four positive results, supported by five different controls and streamed by the Twin Viking spacecraft, landed at 4,000 miles.
" The data traces signaled the discovery of the microbial respiration on the red planet.
"The curves from Mars were similar to those produced by LR tests of soils on Earth.
"It seemed we had answered that last question. "
The Viking probe had examined the soil for biological chemicals released by foreign microbes.
If the result was positive, the lander boiled the soil before searching for the same chemicals again.
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but not life. "
Since the Viking Mars lands After landing on Mars over 40 years ago, subsequent Marslanders did not have the necessary tools to search for life.
Dr. Levin claims this has hampered the pursuit of "exciting results" that had emerged from Mars, hindering 1
Later missions investigated whether Mars had ever been a suitable habitat to counter the question of whether there is life there now.
Dr. "It seemed like a long time before Mars is sterile."
Next year, NASA will launch its Mars 2020 rover mission, hoping to find signs and traces of life on the red planet.
NASA physicist Jim Green believes the rover will be the first to discover evidence of life on Mars.
He told the Sunday Telegraph, "It's going to be revolutionary. It's like Copernicus said, "No, we're going for the sun."
"Totally revolutionary, it will usher in a whole new way of thinking."
He added, "I was worried because I think we're on the verge of finding her and making some announcements."
Despite his excitement, the scientist admitted he feared humanity was not ready to announce that there was a life other than Earth.