Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not Mars- Shattering

Prospect of Martian life?

This Mars photo from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft was taken on Dec. 15, 2012, and beamed to Earth on Dec. 18.

This Mars photo from ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft was taken on Dec. 15, 2012, and beamed to Earth on Dec. 18.

If a microorganism were found on Mars, would anyone care?
NASA scientists announced on March 12 that the Red Planet could have supported ancient life  though they don’t yet have evidence that it did. A sample of rock drilled by the Curiosity rover revealed conditions that could have supported ancient microbes at some point in the distant past.
The news of even potential life made headlines, and there’s no doubt the discovery of actual microbial life on Mars would, too. But the impact of finding life on another world might not be as Earth-shattering as one might think, experts say. That’s mainly because the life probably wouldn’t be asking to be taken to our leader.

Source: live science