Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Top scientist says Mars lurking with killer aliens 'frozen' in subterranean 'oceans'!

Now Dr. Murray, who is also UK lead scientist with Europe's Mars Express mission, has said he has overwhelming evidence of the life surviving in the frozen ocean near its equator, where simple life could thrive as microbes.

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Dr. Murray believes the aliens are all lying in a dormant state. As such, a rocket should be used to blast a crater into ice floes in the region - named Elysium - allowing access to the aliens and water should be sprinkled on the dormant creatures to revive them.

(Via The Anomalist.)

"Mars lurking with killer aliens." Try using that to gain funding for continued exploration.


W.M. Bear said...

Actually, he makes a pretty good point. Unfortunately, scientists who think they're savvy in knowing how this kind of publicity works are really just the oppositing. They somehow seem to think that the only way to get their point across in the public mind is to sensationalize it with phrases like "killer aliens" and the "War of the Worlds" analogy when, in fact, exactly the opposite is true. (BTW, I think some apocalyptic climatologists -- there's a mouthful! -- suffer from the same misapprehension.)

Ray Palm (Ray X) said...

When I heard that they were planning on bringing back some Martian soil via a two-way "scoop" probe, I thought "How arrogant can they be?"

Of course, they say the probe will be properly sealed and there's no danger. Really? What about the probe (I can't think of its name at the moment) that went out, collected some solar particles, and then came back to be snagged out of the sky by a helicopter? The switch to activate the parachutes never worked because it was installed upside down! The probe crashed into the desert.

And let's not forget the other probe to Mars that crashed there because someone forgot about converting between kilometers and miles. Yup, that scoop probe should come back OK.

If NASA wants continued funding, then it should stop making such stupid mistakes.


Mac said...

If NASA's Mars exploration timetable wants *my* support, it needs to eradicate unmanned sample return missions altogether. They're inordinately risky and, in my view, only underscore why we need humans on the Martian surface.