Leaks: NASA Found Alien Life on Mars in the 1970s

James Marshall
October 16, 2019

But before that happens, he'll have to convince NASA that his experiment's evidence for life on Mars is valid.

Levin has been promoting his work and convictions for years, including publishing an article in the journal Astrobiology in 2016 along with LR co-experimenter Patricia Ann Straat.

Levin actually criticized the space agency for not taking into account the RL findings, even if the company said that they found a substance that's mimicking life, but it's not actually life.

The Labeled Release experiment (LR for short) was one of many scientific objectives of the Viking missions. "Inexplicably, over the 43 years since Viking, none of NASA's subsequent Mars landers has carried a life-detection instrument to follow up on these exciting results".

"The data curves signaled the detection of microbial respiration on the Red Planet", Levin writes. These curves are quite similar to those that are produced by the LR tests of soil on our planet. "It seemed we had answered that ultimate question". Well, it really hasn't. And there has been no non-biological explanation for the findings of Viking LR.

Life on Mars. Those three words are enough to make anyone do a double take.

Critics claim the test is nonspecific and, without corroborating data, inconclusive.

But still, there's a big snag with his results: further experiments "provided no clear evidence for the presence of living microorganisms in soil near the landing sites", as NASA puts it. "Any life there might threaten them, and us upon their return", he added. The article lays out their case for believing that Viking positively identified extant microbial life on Mars. He said an independent group of researchers should review the Viking LR data. This is sufficient to persuade many scientists that it could be stranger if Mars didn't host organic life at some point in time.

But, to the best of our knowledge, there's absolutely no scientifically accepted evidence for life anywhere outside of Earth besides the tardigrades and other microbes we've managed to litter the cosmos with. The spacecraft, which were the first from the U.S. to make a safe landing on the Red Planet, returned images and data from the planet's surface, and the two landers helped shape future missions to Mars.

In the experiment, the Viking probes placed nutrients in Mars soil samples - if life were present, it would consume the food and leave gaseous traces of its metabolism, which radioactive monitors would then detect.

We should definitely figure out what the middle-ground is before we send people to an alien planet's surface.

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