Mars surface devoid of life
- URL to an article in MSNBC
This sounds like the highly respected 19th century scientists who said that
humans would die if they traveled more than 60 miles/hour, or that we could
never know anything about the interior of stars.
I hope the next Rover pictures show Deja Thoris necking with Valentine
First few paragraphs
"The last refuge for Martian life, if it exists, might be deep below the
planet’s surface and beyond the reach of any currently planned missions,
according to a new study.
After mapping cosmic radiation levels at various depths on Mars, researchers
have concluded that any life within the first several yards of the planet’s
surface would be killed by lethal doses of cosmic radiation.
The finding will be detailed in the Jan. 30 issue of the journal Geophysical
Unlike Earth, Mars is no longer protected by a global magnetic field or
thick atmosphere. As a result, the planet has been vulnerable to radiation from
space for billions of years.
“Even the hardiest cells we know of could not possibly survive the cosmic
radiation near the surface of Mars for that long,” said study leader Lewis
Dartnell of University College London."
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