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What’s going on in Mars’ atmosphere..?


… something strange enough or interesting enough – or both – for NASA to put on a special briefing later this week…

NASA will hold a science update at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 15, to discuss analysis of the Martian atmosphere that raises the possibility of life or geologic activity. The briefing will take place in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E St., S.W., Washington, and carried live on NASA Television.

Hmm, that press release is certainly intriguing! They mention the “L” word, and they don’t often do that, for obvious reasons – it gets certain people and places on the internet so fired up that they are in danger of spontaneously combusting, or wetting themselves – but I think (and most informed people on the net’s space communities and forums think so too) that this will be something to do with the detection of the gas methane in Mars’ atmosphere. Methane can be produced geologically – by volcanoes – or biologically, by micro-organisms or even larger lifeforms breathing and, um, “passing wind” shall we say. Now, before anyone adds 2 and 2 and gets 10 and decides that this will be an announcement that NASa has detected the signs of martians farting and belching, let’s just wait and see what happens on Thursday, shall we? 🙂


One Response

  1. That picture amaze me it really does. It look like once you touch the surface it going to be like being in the dark with a light light.

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