Martian Cauliflower Discovery Hints At Alien Life On Mars

Posted: Feb 4 2016, 8:04am CST | by , Updated: Feb 4 2016, 9:23am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Martian Cauliflower Discovery Hints Alien Life
NASA's Spirit rover snapped this photo near Home Plate. It shows silica formations poking out of the soil, which may have been formed by ancient microbes. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech via Smithsonian
  • Mars Cauliflower Formation may point towards Alien Life

A cauliflower formation that has been photographed on the Red Planet, that is Mars, may point towards alien life.

Life on Mars is not anything new. Ever since the rumors began of there being water canals on the surface of the Red Planet a generation ago, the world has been busy pondering over the existence of Martians.

These are often thought of in the popular imagination as Little Green Men (LGM). Now, a photograph taken of the planet’s surface shows evidence of geyser activity some time in the past that may still harbor life forms.

NASA’s Spirit rover discovered opaline silica, a mineral that contains small nodes that resemble a cauliflower growth. These nodules are sprouting from the red dust of Mars. Just how these shapes got formed in the first place remains a mystery.

After research based on similar growths in the Chilean Desert, researchers have postulated that the silica shapes may have been sculpted by microbial activity, according to Smithsonian.

These minerals may be our best bet for there being any life on Mars. As the largest discovery in the history of astronomy, this one holds the candle up to all other findings.

The only problem is that biological evidence needs samples that can serve as proof of life or no life and with Mars being so far away, this is unfortunately not possible.

We are millions of miles away from the Red Planet and until a manned mission goes to Mars, proving or disproving the alien life form hypothesis will not be easy.

The only clue we have is scientists spouting empty spiel. They say that the cauliflower-like growth forms were probably made by ancient aliens that have long since expired leaving behind only their traces. More investigation needs to be done before any conclusions are reached.

The crater that bears the silica nodules is an interesting site. It is quite intriguing to contemplate that once upon a time in the far off past, Mars had hot geysers and thermal vents that were teeming with life forms.

Earth’s own geothermal vents are the biggest clue we have for the way the Red Planet’s geysers may have acted up in the far pavilions of time. Chile’s Atacama Desert has soil that resembles that of Mars.

Through analysis of the extreme conditions of our own planet, we may get a better and clearer picture of the early situation on Mars. If Martians existed, they have long since vanished leaving behind a barren and desolate terrain where cold winds blow the red dust here and there.

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