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Here we go! August 4, 2010

Posted by Simon in Uncategorized.
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Welcome to my new blog! I’m going to be looking at the controversy about whether there is evidence for life on Mars or not. The full story begins with late 18th and early 19th century astronomers who thought they saw canals on the planet, and includes some inconclusive experiments performed by the Viking landers in the mid 1970s, but I’m going to focus on more contemporary events.

Remember back to 1996, when NASA announced there were signs of bacterial life in a Martian meteorite? Here’s the original press release:

http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/text/mars_life.txt

Since then NASA’s claim has been widely discredited, but some scientists still insist that the evidence is real. It’s an interesting dispute that has played out in the media as well as the academic journals. And the story keeps going, with this news coming out last week:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10790648

Hopefully that will generate some debate that I can look into as well.

Thanks for reading, and please leave me some comments or questions.

Simon

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1. Erin - August 5, 2010

Fantastic, should be a great semester of blogging. Thanks for the links too!


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