Earth first touched planet Mars
On the Golden Plain,
When forty years ago
The search for life began.
Where barren outflow channels
From the Tharsis ridge
May once have carried water,
Where something might have lived.
Viking One took images,
Surveyed the dunes nearby
And analyzed geology
Beneath the pinkish sky.
Its tests for life seemed negative,
But we don’t understand
Why something used the nutrients
Dripped on a bit of sand.
We’ve learned so much in forty years,
We found Martian organics,
Maybe Viking did discover
by Kate Rauner
It’s possible we have seen life processes on Mars. Thanks to phys.org for covering Gilbert V. Levin’s and Patricia Ann Straat’s paper “The Case for Extant Life on Mars and Its Possible Detection by the Viking Labeled Release Experiment.”
In which they reconsider the results of the Viking LR experiment in light of recent findings on Mars and recent proposals for inorganic substances that may mimic the observed metabolism-like processes. They argue that none of the proposed abiotic substances sufficiently explains the Viking results, and that Martian microbes should still be considered as the best explanation of the results. In Astrobiology, October 2016, 16(10): 798-810. DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1464
Not proven – but – wow.
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