SETI [Fwd: Can Martian Life Survive First Contact]


Robert Owen (rowen@technologist.com)
Wed, 22 Sep 1999 21:07:25 -0400


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> >Hi all,
> >
> >Attached is an extract from an extensive overview article by Bruce for
> >SpaceDaily.com that looks at the many issues that have formed our approach
> >to space exploration within environments that may contain life.
> >
> >The complete article is available online at:
> >http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/life-99e.html
> >
> >Bruce's conclusions that manned flight to the surface of Mars may face
> >delays while the search for life is conducted by robots operated from Mars
> >orbit is an interesting spin on the growing plans to send man to Mars.
> >
> >This whole issue will soon get more attention than could ever be imagined
> >via James Cameron's upcoming tele of the Red/Green/Blue Mars series by Kim
> >Stanley Robinson. Despite life never being found in the Robinson's story,
> >the issue of terra forming is nonetheless central to the story, and this
> >tele series could well mark the point at which this debate goes mainstream.
> >
> >Anyone on this list who would like to pen their own opinion on this issue
> >for SpaceDaily please let me know.
> >
> >Regards,
> >Simon Mansfield
> >Publisher
> >SpaceDaily.com
> >
> >Can ET Survive First Contact
> >by Bruce Moomaw
> >http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/life-99e.html
> >
> >Cameron Park - September 22, 1999 - A new era is about to begin in space
> >exploration: an era in which samples of material from worlds more distant
> >than the Moon are returned to Earth by unmanned spacecraft.
> >
> >In 2004, a spacecraft that has been hovering 1.6 million kilometers from
> >Earth for three years will land in Utah with a sample of the solar wind.
> >
> >In January 2006, two more spacecraft will return with tiny samples of
> >material from a comet and an asteroid - and a few years later, another may
> >return small samples of material from both the moons of Mars.
> >
> >And in 2008, the biggest one: the U.S. (in partnership with France) plans
> >to return one kilogram of rock and soil from the surface of Mars, in order
> >to carry out incredibly detailed analyses in the hope that it may contain
> >evidence that the planet once possessed life.
> >
> >The current plan is to return similar samples from different parts of Mars
> >at four-year intervals, perhaps including some drilled up from dozens, or
> >even hundreds, of meters below the surface - which, some scientists think
> >might even include "extant" (still living) Martian microbes that have
> >survived in Mars' deeply buried liquid water table.
> >
> >But there is a downside to this glorious new age of exploration - two
> >downsides, actually.
> >
> >For more of this excellent overview article by Bruce Moomaw please point
> >your browser to:
> >
> >http://www.spacedaily.com/spacecast/news/life-99e.html
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > SpaceDaily - SolarViews - ExploreZone
> > www.spacemedianetwork.com
> >UniverseToday - SpaceMediaStore - SpaceMail
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