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  • Jeroen Kumeling
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      Subject: NUFOIA: Scientists Claim To Have Fossil Of Martian Life
      Date: vrijdag, 2. april 1999 8:05

      Are We Alone In The Universe?

      Scientists Claim To Have Fossil Of Martian Life
      Researchers: Final Answer Within A Year
      Two Martian Meteorites Are Basis Of Study

      CBS
      Some scientists believe these features of Martian meteorites resemble Earth

      bacteria

      CBS Some NASA scientists believe they are studying a fossil of life from
      Mars, reports Nancy Holland of CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston.

      A pair of Martian meteorites contain features that resemble Earth bacteria,

      according to the same NASA researchers who three years ago claimed they had

      evidence of �primitive life on early Mars.�

      The findings, made within the past six months, were from samples of a 1.3
      billion-year-old meteorite that fell to Earth in 1911 near Nakhla, Egypt
      and
      a 165 million-year-old meteorite that fell near Shergotty, India in 1865.

      �They have the same composition as fossil bacteria on Earth,� said NASA
      scientist David McKay.

      The bacteria-like substance is so tiny, it would take a hundred of them to
      equal the width
      of a human hair. But for McKay, they�re huge.

      �We're not counting on getting many converts,� McKay said. �All we ask,
      though, is that people keep an open mind.�

      After McKay saw the bacteria-like features, he got a piece of the meteorite

      last year, looked inside, and is convinced it shows there was, at least at
      one time, life on Mars.

      Back in 1997, McKay, 62, published similar findings and was almost
      immediately criticized by other scientists.

      He says he was not deterred.

      �We�re gonna get beat up again. That�s okay,� McKay said.

      McKay was one of the researchers who in August 1996 announced the discovery

      of tiny fossilized structures in crevices of a 4 billion-year-old Mars
      meteorite found in the Antarctic.

      The meteorite was recovered in 1984.

      McKay said some of the Nakhla features resembled Earth bacteria in a
      reproductive phase.

      He also referred to the remains of what could have been a slimy �biofilm�
      useful in snaring mineral nutrients.

      He challenges doubting scientists to get their own piece of the rock and go

      to work.

      McKay and the other scientists presenting their findings believe they can
      have a final answer about whether this is fossilized life within a year,
      using earthbound technology.

      �If this proves out, we will have shown that life spanned almost the entire

      history of Mars, and presumably today,� McKay said. �Nothing has happened
      in
      the last 165 million years that would kill off life on Mars."

      But an even better chance may come early next century, when a robotic
      mission
      brings back real Martian samples.

      Then there may be more of an answer as to whether the universe could be
      filled with life, or if Earth is unique and we are very much alone.

      �That is why (this analysis) is so important,� McKay said. �If what we see
      is
      borne out as signs of life, that pretty well predicts we will find life
      when
      we go there.�

      �If what we see is borne out as signs of life, that pretty well predicts we

      will find life when we go there.�
      David McKay, NASA scientist

      Copyright 1999 CBS Worldwide Corp. All rights reserved. This material may
      not
      be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press
      contributed to this report.


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