Despite data from orbiting probes that say there is methane in Mars’ atmosphere, Curiosity has detected none.


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Despite data from orbiting probes that say there is methane in Mars’ atmosphere, Curiosity has detected none.

The detection of methane by orbiting satellites in certain regions of Mars was intriguing as it suggested the possibility of Martian microbiological life. Curiosity is not in those regions, but apparently the scientists thought they’d detect evidence of it from a distance. That they did not reduces significantly the possibility of life on Mars.

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  • R. Cotour

    Has anyone seen this article?

    The truth IS out there: British scientists claim to have found proof of alien life
    Life on Mars? No, say scientists, it’s floating 27km above Chester

    A team of British scientists is convinced it has found proof of alien life, after it harvested strange particles from the edge of space.

    The scientists sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere, which came back carrying small biological organisms which they believe can only have originated from space.

    Professor Milton Wainwright told The Independent that he was “95 per cent convinced” that the organisms did not originate from earth.

    “By all known information that science has, we know that they must be coming in from space,” he said. “There is no known mechanism by which these life forms can achieve that height. As far as we can tell from known physics, they must be incoming.”

  • Hopefully MAVEN probe (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) will resolve the methane question after it arrives next fall. Assuming it survives the close flyby of comet Siding Spring a month later!

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