Two NASA scientists, Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke, believe that they have found strong evidence of life on Mars.
Stroker and Lemke -both working in NASA痴 Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, say they have found methane signatures and other indicators which parallel results found in certain underground caves on earth.
NASA researchers (including Stroker) went to the Rio Tinto in southwestern Spain in 2003 to study an underground microbial system wherein the organisms eat sulfide minerals and excrete sulfuric acid. This makes the water of the Tinto highly acid, which in turn causes iron to be dissolved into that water, giving it a reddish color, like a red wine. Hence the name Tinto.
The above linked article does not say whether the Rio Tinto organisms are anaerobic, or capable of living without oxygen, but the researchers feel that something similar may exist on Mars in underground caves. Evidence to support their case comes from several sources, including this March 2004 discovery of an iron-bearing mineral called jarosite by Mars rover Opportunity, which might indicate the existence of something similar to the Rio Tinto organisms.
Puppy-blender Glenn Reynolds observes that "If it's not green-skinned alien babes -- preferably with White House press passes -- the Big Media folks probably don't care much."
Well, that would certainly get my attention, yes.