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Life or Signs of LifeMarketing Dept
Jan 7, 2004 9:24 AM
What if life or signs of it is found on Mars. Would that change your minds about:

Our place in the universe?

What if Martians turned out to be like this? It seems like I saw a movie about this when I was a kid.
Already working under that assumption.Alex-in-Evanston
Jan 7, 2004 9:31 AM
Not necessarily on Mars, but that's not really the important factor.

What I find interesting is something along the lines of Czar's postulation below that we may not have a complete conception of what "life" can be. Are we individual organisms, or perhaps something akin to antibodies (or cancer cells) in a larger being?


Sentient flora would be very cool.
1) no 2) no 3) no 4) i'd go to astronaut school (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 7, 2004 9:32 AM
if that's a martian...mohair_chair
Jan 7, 2004 9:32 AM
...then the whole effort was worthwhile after all! Don't count on it. Everyone knows men are from Mars, women are from Venus.

I don't know why life on Mars would change anything. We have an entire catalog of life that existed on this planet long before humans showed up. It would be amazing but not surprising that some kind of life could have existed on Mars.

The kind of life they expect to find on Mars is at the microbiology level, so it won't make anyone question our place in the universe. Any life there interesting enough to raise questions about our place would have been detectable by telescopes already.
Well...Dwayne Barry
Jan 7, 2004 10:08 AM
I think finding life on Mars would open up the books on a couple of big questions?

Did life originate independently on the two planets or not?

If independent does it mean given any planet in the universe with environmental conditions approximately like ours we can expect to find life?

If not independent did life start here or there or somewhere else altogether?

If no life, it could add some weight to the arguement that we are indeed all alone.
Well...another angle to ponderinnergel
Jan 7, 2004 2:52 PM
If independent does it mean given any planet in the universe with environmental conditions approximately like ours we can expect to find life?

IMO, it's tough to make the assumption that any other life out there will be similar/compatible to what is here on Earth. Life will find a way to survive whatever environmental condition it happens to take hold in.

Just my $0.02
Single on MarsDale Brigham
Jan 7, 2004 10:36 AM
Fun-loving SFM (Single Female Martian) seeks like-minded Earthling. Me: Love to go skiing on the polar ice caps and take romantic walks under the moons. You: Financially independent; like the color red. Ability to tolerate low oxygen environment and wide ambient temperature range a plus. No druggies; light H2O drinking OK. Send reply and photo care of NASA Mars rover.
re: Life or Signs of Lifelandru
Jan 7, 2004 1:12 PM
every morning on my local station CBS Radio news has a 3-4 minute commentary. This morning Dave Ross postulated on the possibility of life on Mars and said "The Bible doesn't cover this". I thought it was hilarious and laughed out loud. I am definitely not a Bible thumper. I laugh at the folks that fervently follow the belief that the Earth is only a few thousand years old and fossils were put here to fool us.
"Bible doesn't cover this."DougSloan
Jan 7, 2004 2:03 PM
Sounds like he was right, to me. I don't recall anything in the Bible about life on Mars, either. I think the context may matter, here.