NASA may have killed alien life
A researcher has come to the conclusion that NASA unknowingly discovered life on the red planet – and then destroyed it. At least that’s what the Berlin astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch claimed in an article for Big Think (via space.com).
NASA accidentally killed life on Mars almost 50 years ago before anyone realized what it was.
Fantasy or explanation?
However, other experts are divided, vacillating between “far-fetched fantasy” or “intriguing possible explanation” for some puzzling previous experiments. The thesis is quickly summarized: After landing on Mars, NASA’s Viking landers may have discovered tiny, drought-resistant life forms hiding in Martian rocks, according to Dirk Schulze-Makuch. If these extreme life forms existed (and continue to exist), the experiments conducted by the landers may have killed them before they could be identified because the tests “would have overwhelmed these potential microbes,” Schulze-Makuch continued. This is “a proposal that some people will certainly find provocative,” said Schulze-Makuch.
But similar microbes that exist on Earth could hypothetically live on the Red Planet. However, other scientists believe the Viking results are far less ambiguous than Schulze-Makuch and others make them out to be.
However, the idea is not entirely new: It is not the first time that scientists have come to the conclusion that the Viking experiments could have accidentally killed microbes on Mars. In 2018, a group of researchers reported that when soil samples were heated, an unexpected chemical reaction may have burned and killed the microbes living in the samples. However, this currently remains a mystery.
- NASA’s Viking mission was successful almost 50 years ago
- Conjecture: NASA discovered more than expected during its first Mars landing
- Astrobiologist claims NASA unknowingly discovered and destroyed life on Mars
- Viking landers may have found drought-resistant microbes in Martian rocks
- Experiments might have “overwhelmed” and killed potential microbes
- Similar microbes could hypothetically exist on Mars
- The theory that Viking experiments could have killed Martian microbes has already been put forward previously.