Feeds

NASA Mars droid in ET life discovery shock

Possible habitat for Martian microbe-men. If any

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

NASA boffins believe the space agency's solar-powered Martian droid rovers have found something interesting. They believe their discovery points to an increased likelihood of life on the Red Planet.

"We're really excited about this," said NASA Mars-droid honcho Steve Squyres, according to the BBC.

The search for ET goes on

There's one! Grab him, Larry! Stupid time lag...

"This is a representation of... a local habitable environment."

On Earth, places such as the one the rover has found are "teeming with life".

Sadly, however, Squyres is talking about microbes which live in hot springs or geysers, rather than - for instance - beautiful alien sexpots desperate for some Earth lovin'.

In fact, the NASA space-bots haven't found any microbes. Worse still, they haven't actually found any hot springs or any place where microbes could live.

All they have found is some particles of silica, in fact - glass or sand. The space agency boffins reckon this could only have been produced by some kind of process involving very hot water. Hence their excitement.

So this could be evidence of a habitat existing at some point in the past that could have supported microbial life.

If there were any.

That sounds like a good enough reason for a permanent manned Mars base to us - in fact, it could easily justify a huge, horribly beweaponed space battlefleet, just in case the microbe-men of Mars turn nasty.

Others may not find these revelations quite as compelling. Beeb coverage here, under the beautiful headline "Mars robot unearths microbe clue". ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST
Speculation rife, but Orbital claims it's too early to tell
Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home
Almost 20 BEEELION kilometres from Sol
MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer
And, um, don't sleep with other men. If that's what worries you
Jim Beam me up, Scotty! WHISKY from SPAAACE returns to Earth
They're insured for $1m, before you thirsty folks make plans
ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff
Er, we think our ISS launch beats your fishing expedition
NASA: Spacecraft crash site FOUND ON MOON RIM
'What fun!' exlaims NASA boffin who found the LADEE
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army
Railguns for 'Future fighting vehicle'
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.