Thursday, April 05, 2007

But Is It Alive?

When my age was in the single digits and I was in early elementary school we had different ideas about Mars. The dark spots that changed through the martian year were commonly believed to be vegetation in old sea beds and serious science books suggested this. We now know that it is dark rocks under light sand and that the sand shifts back and forth with seasonal winds.

We searched for life on Mars with Viking and the test was inconclusive at the time.

Now some people see all sorts of stuff on Mars, including (the no-longer-inexplicable) face and a few other things and most of it has turned up to be nothing odd at all. Yet one picture does seem odd to me.


The story of this picture along with some possible explanations can be found here. The section is four pages long and you need to read most of it to get the entire story. He suggests they could be odd mountains or dunes and offers similar pictures of earth from orbit. Still the writer suggests that he too believes these pictures could possibly be something alive. Mars has surprised us over and over again, and it may have some more surprises. It would have to be quite different from life here if it is alive because it would have to be surviving in an environment that no terrestrial life could survive in.

9 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

Who knows what this could be? Anyone could see whatever they want to see. Your guess could be as good as mine.

Unless you want to put tin-foil on your head...

8:26 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

You mean they aren't trees? I thought this was an overhead shot of a golf course.

:)

9:02 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Interesting, and it may tie right in with the solar cycles we experience here. They just had a news release about the warming on Mars, and this guy may be on to something with his theory about a planet coming to life. Only time will tell .... and unfortunately, we probably won't be around to see it....

10:17 PM  
Anonymous gunz said...

I don't know a thing about Mars except we the 'mighty' men are from there, and the lady folk from venus...LOL.

11:06 PM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

don't know if you're a reader of science fiction or not - if so, an interesting read is the military science fiction stories of John Ringo - - he pens some really great material about earth being contacted by extraterrestrials and then attacked and the military battles that ensue. what i enjoy is that he is former military and uses tactics, weapons and jargon that is common to military life. unfortunately, we just don't know what's out there.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Of course like everyone else I haven't a clue, Shoprat. The linked page is very interesting though. Didn't they discover water on Mars? I think I read something to that effect, but don't really remember what or where. I do believe that we'll be finding out a lot more in the fairly near future, unless we turn over the government to the Democrats who will undoubtedly defund all reseach.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Fits said...

I recall the Viking debate over what precisely was an indicator of life versus a simple chemical reaction. Then it died a boring death until the Martian-Face pic sent the loons into their own orbit. Gotta love Mars.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

I guess I'm one of those arrogant humans that believe Earth was intentionally and uniquely designed to support life, and that other planets were deliberately excluded.

7:34 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Tom no one knows for sure what it is.

jay At first I thought it was a hoax until I went to the main source and it is real.

abf Interesting theory but who knows

dm I like Sci-fi but must admit I never heard of that guy

gayle yes they have. They thought liquid was impossible on the surface because of the lack of "air pressure" but apparently it can exist in a heavy mixture or sludge and signs of it have been seen.

lp We do not know the extent or limits of God's creation. The Bible does not say one way or the other.

12:09 PM  

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