Methane Gas Hints Life On Mars

Posted: Jun 17 2015, 6:54am CDT | by , in Misc


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Methane Gas Hints Life on Mars
  • Methane Gas in Martian Meteorites Hints Life on Mars
  • Methane Might be Reason Behind Possible Signs of Life on the Red Planet

The presence of methane gas might just be the real reason behind possible signs of life on the red planet (that is Mars).

Scottish researchers have targeted Mars as their object of interest and they have found several clues that point in the direction of life on the heavenly body. Methane gas has been found in a sample of rocks from Mars.

This gas may have been food for microbes on the planet once upon a time. Mankind has always been fascinated by the possibility of life on Mars. As early as the 50s it was being discussed that traces of water may be running through the canals of Mars.

However later on this theory was disproved and with it the wild imagination that had dreamt up LGM (little green men) on its surface went the way of all pseudoscience.

But while no one is saying that actual living beings that could zap you with a vaporizing gun exist on the planet, the signs of some strange forms of life have not exactly been ruled out either.

The only place to look is at a microscopic level where bacteria or viruses may somehow be present. Since methane is the one gas that is released in abundance by creatures in the subterranean depths of our own planet, it is not such a long shot to say that Mars too may harbor life since it has methane in its rocks.

The data is just in and it is all mere speculation and introspection up until now. And while tufts and clouds of methane have been noticed in the climatology of Mars, the verdict is still inconclusive.

There are few if any volcanoes on the terrain of Mars yet other covert forces of planetary terra-formation may be at work that have so far eluded scientists. Furthermore, the hypothesis that some life forms actually consume methane is very ideal for the hypothetical evidence of life on Mars. The methane trapped in the russet rocky matter may serve as food for tiny organisms that are invisible to the naked eye.

Several meteors that have reached the surface of our planet from Mars were analyzed. All of them had methane in their makeup. This of course is just a turning point in the search for extraterrestrial life in outer space.

The quantities of methane that have been detected in Mars dirt are very small indeed. So more research needs to be done before anything of lasting value can be gained from the probe into alien life forms.

The study published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.

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