archiv~1.txt: SETI Re: [ASTRO] Evidence For Life Found In Two Other Martian

SETI Re: [ASTRO] Evidence For Life Found In Two Other Martian

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 09:35:27 -0500

>Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 20:41:29 -0500 (EST)
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>From: Dwayne Allen Day <wayneday@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu>
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>Subject: Re: [ASTRO] Evidence For Life Found In Two Other Martian Meteorites
>X-Comment: Friends and Partners in Space
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>On Wed, 3 Mar 1999 JamesOberg@aol.com wrote:
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>> <<>Some of the researchers who claimed in 1996 to have found evidence
for past
>> >life in a Martian meteorite now say they have further evidence to support
>> >their theories in one, possibly two, other rocks.>>
>>
>> I've seen this evidence, it is compelling, and its implications are
astounding
>> -- watch ABC's coverage of the conference in mid-March.
>
>I've been proofing a book on the search for extraterrestrial life and one
>thing it stresses is that the Mars "worm" was the least compelling piece
>of evidence that they found. The author also notes that the NASA team is
>making biology guesses when they are short on biologists--they're
>geologists. I haven't seen these new pictures, but I imagine that they
>will have to face the same tough scrutiny. I see two key questions. The
>first is how do they know that this is not contamination. The second is
>can they find any proof of a cell wall or similar structure that would
>indicate that this is a cell and not the result of geochemical processes?
>I want to believe, but I think that extreme skepticism is in order.
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>DDAY
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