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Re: Water on Mars?
« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2015, 09:54:49 AM »
So, the announcement was the confirmed discovery of liquid water, complete with dissolved salts, on the Martian surface... bigger than you expected, less than you expected, about what you expected?

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I was interested that they state categorically that it is liquid 'H2O'.  Could it be some other form of gaseous liquid?
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Re: Water on Mars?
« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2015, 09:55:44 AM »
Hopefully they are planning a probe already.

Bacteria on earth for example, would it have evolved there too?
If the latter isn't the case, could earth bacteria have deletorious consequences on Martian bacteria?

That rather depends - if panspermia turns out to be correct and they have a similar source, then quite possibly - they'll interact much as any two bacteria species on Earth might.

If they are from independent origins of life, then perhaps not - it's possible that these are silicon-based, for instance, rather than carbon-based, and the likelihood of direct interaction will be extremely limited.

What is inevitable is that the introduction of any new form of life will have an indirect effect through competition for resources - space, raw materials such as water etc.

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Re: Water on Mars?
« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2015, 10:04:21 AM »
What is inevitable is that the introduction of any new form of life will have an indirect effect through competition for resources - space, raw materials such as water etc.
That's partly why I didn't specify the nature of the 'deletorious consequences', O.
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Re: Water on Mars?
« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2015, 10:48:52 AM »
Dr Seth Shostak, one of the prime movers of SETI, took part in a discussion of the Today programme this morning.

He pointed out that one explanation for life on Earth is that organisms could have been transported from Mars on meteorites a few billion years ago when Mars was a much more hospitable place than it is now. He likened such life forms to pond scum.

He said that it may be that "life is not a miracle, life is a cosmic infection" and that "life is going to be all over the place."

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