August 24, 2007

Martian genesis?

Probably not a good link for long, but Drudge reports the following:

Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, will declare on Friday the Viking spacecraft may have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface.

His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin.

That is roughly comparable to biomass levels found in some Antarctic permafrost, home to a range of hardy bacteria and lichen.

I think that's pretty cool (though if I remember my organic chemistry, I think hyrdrogen peroxide is a weird molecule on which to base even a weird life form). Look forward to hearing more about this, but I couldn't resist tossing in the following images:


And, of course, the office from which it comes:

Posted by Ideofact at August 24, 2007 01:38 AM