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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 12:54AM #1
Ebon
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OK, I'm exagerating and stripping a lot of qualifiers out of NASA's statement but that's because I'm excited:

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/news/mro2...
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 9:55AM #2
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Interesting-


Maybe not enough water to sustain life now-  but more evidence it could have happened in the past...

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 12:47PM #3
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Mars probably has bacteria, if it has water, which is life. Not life I would want to cosy with, but it is promising. I still don't plan to visit Mars any time soon ;)


 


It is exciting Ebon. :)

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 3:24PM #4
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If Mars does have water it would make it more likely that there is life on Mars.  


My question is what would be the significance if it is found out that there is simple live on Mars? 


 

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 5:30PM #5
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IDBC


The significance for science would be that it would make it more likely than not that life evolved on other planets and in other solar systems. If this is true it will lead to further exploration (always a good thing, because of the new things we discover and the new technologies which we need to  develop in order to enable the exploration) as well as new understandings of how and why life develops.


The significance for various religions is that those which currently hold a completely earth-centric view of creation would be forced to either deny the scientific evidence (which has been done before - the "great" evolution/creationist debate comes to mind) or adjust their thinking and theology to allow for the new scientific knowledge.


These are exciting times and this is exciting news. 

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 5:35PM #6
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For our general day-to-day life here on Earth, probably not much... But it sparks the imagination. The science world might start shifting towards the idea that life in the universe is more prevalent than we thought.
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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 8:09PM #7
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Aug 5, 2011 -- 5:35PM, Maidencreatrix wrote:

The science world might start shifting towards the idea that life in the universe is more prevalent than we thought.




 


Many scientists think life is abundant in the universe. But without evidence, their opinions are just...opinions.  Evidence of life on at least one other world would double our sample size and go long way towards validating those opinions.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 05, 2011 - 11:00PM #8
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Aug 5, 2011 -- 12:54AM, Ebon wrote:

OK, I'm exagerating and stripping a lot of qualifiers out of NASA's statement but that's because I'm excited:

www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/MRO/news/mro2...




Good,


We can brew beer on Mars!

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 06, 2011 - 1:14AM #9
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Aug 5, 2011 -- 8:09PM, TemplarS wrote:

Aug 5, 2011 -- 5:35PM, Maidencreatrix wrote:

The science world might start shifting towards the idea that life in the universe is more prevalent than we thought.




 


Many scientists think life is abundant in the universe. But without evidence, their opinions are just...opinions.  Evidence of life on at least one other world would double our sample size and go long way towards validating those opinions.






Yep. Hope it turns out to be correct!

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 06, 2011 - 9:22AM #10
Ebon
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Aug 5, 2011 -- 3:24PM, IDBC wrote:

My question is what would be the significance if it is found out that there is simple live on Mars?



Rocket mostly covered this but there are other implications: It adds to the credibility of the Drake Equation (a formula used to estimate the number of possible intelligent lifeforms in a universe) and examination of that life would add immeasurably to our understanding of evolution.

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