Reality Beginning To Take Hold About Mars

On October 30, 1938 a radio transmission telling a story about aliens coming from Mars to take over the planet earth. The three headed creatures were advanced, their weapons were too as it was able to destroyed 7,000 armed troops with a ray gun on their vessel.

Many buildings were destroyed by these creatures.  After listening to this transmission, people panicked. Many took up arms to defend themselves against the alleged attack while others called the police for help against these aliens. Even the National Guard was mobilized to defend the country from the alien attack.  As it turned out, it was nothing more than a mere UFO hoax.

However, the belief in alien life forms on Mars was no hoax, it’s still is persisted today although instead of looking for advanced life forms, they began to look for micro-organisms. One of the reasons for search for alien life was of course to justify spending billions of dollars exploring the planet.  But as we learn more about Mars, planetary scientists are coming down to reality but here is what fueled it in the first place as New Scientist points out…

“In 2003, researchers detected methane on Mars. Since sunlight destroys methane on Earth in about 330 years, the discovery suggested that the gas was being replenished by geological processes or possibly even methane-producing bacteria.”

Speculation went wild with this discovery. Could it be that tiny alien life forms? Where they on the right track?  Not really, new data reveals that the methane gets destroyed 600 times faster than it does on Earth which comes out  to me about an hour of existence in concentrated areas before being vanquished. And interesting to note…

“To see if these methane pockets could be explained by atmospheric chemistry, Franck Lefevre and Francois Forget of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris tried to recreate the observations with a global climate model that accounted for the winds, turbulence and chemistry of all the known compounds in the Martian atmosphere.”

“But the model, which was based on methane’s behaviour on Earth, failed to generate the pockets of methane gas observed, even though it perfectly reproduced the observed distribution of other atmospheric gases.”

“By introducing idealised methane molecules, or ‘tracers’, with lifetimes ranging from a few days to thousands of years into the model, the team found that the only way to reproduce the observations was to have an intense source of methane that is destroyed within 200 terrestrial days – 600 times faster than on Earth.”

And the destruction of  hope there is or was Martian life is fading away. Exploring Mars is no doubt an interesting observation, although I don’t see humans ever getting there, it’s way too risky and too expensive. We should be looking at it from another angle,  what a great design it is, and how could Mars improve life on Earth, is there something there worth having robots pick up and bring back?

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One thought on “Reality Beginning To Take Hold About Mars

  1. Michael – how do you reconcile your, “new data reveals that the methane gets destroyed 600 times faster than it does on Earth which comes out to me about an hour of existence …” with 330/600 = 0.55 years = 200 Earth days, as in the second quote?

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