NASA Scientist Says They've Already Discovered Life On Mars

James Marshall
October 16, 2019

"Amazingly, they were positive."As the experiment progressed, a total of four positive results, supported by five varied controls, streamed down from the twin Viking spacecraft landed some 4,000 miles apart".

"The collective general opinion of the large majority of the scientific community does not believe the results of the Viking experiments alone rise to the level of extraordinary evidence", NASA spokesman Allard Beutel said in an email to Fox News.

Gilbert Levin, a NASA engineer who worked on the Viking missions, says he's "convinced we found evidence of life of Mars in the 1970s".

Scientists are usually very careful when answering questions on the long-running mystery of whether or not extraterrestrial life exists in space, especially on Mars. In a 2012 paper, Levin concluded that the LR experiment ultimately found evidence that microbial life exists on Mars.

But Dr Levin argues that those findings actually suggested that there is alien life on Mars.

In the experiment, the Viking probes placed nutrients in soil samples from Mars.

But now, decades later, there are more and more promising signs.

NASA scientists recently described how they found an ancient oasis on Mars which was an important discovery for evaluating habitability on Mars.

"NASA maintains the search for alien life among its highest priorities", he wrote.

In his conclusion, he asked that Nasa conduct the same kind of experiments again, taking an altered version of the LR experiment to Mars on the next possible trip.

Before now a couple of years, there's been a slew of evidence to assist the concept of Mars, at some point up to now, had massive bodies of water and an atmosphere. "The astonishing fact is that there is none", he wrote. Now, he and LR co-experimenter Patricia Ann Straat are calling for further investigation.

In a piece Levin penned for Scientific American, he lays out his argument, first pointing out that the test NASA so readily dismissed back in 1976 underwent a rigorous vetting process to ensure that it was both effective as a means to detect life and, more importantly, extremely reliable. He then called on the agency to continue the efforts of life detection in its future missions on Mars.

But if scientists fail to find evidence of life, that won't end the hope for human exploration.

The rover will look for past habitable environments, find biosignatures in rock and will test those samples back on Earth. Mars 2020 will also test oxygen production on the planet and monitor Martian weather to evaluate how potential human colonies could fare on Mars.

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