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Life on Mars found... and we’ve, er, killed it
The Sun ^ | April 14, 2012 | GARY O’SHEA

Posted on 04/14/2012 2:44:07 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

BUNGLING Nasa chiefs are believed to have found tiny Martians — but KILLED them by boiling them alive.

Two spacecraft that landed on the Red Planet in 1976 are now thought to have detected live microbes in Martian soil.

Scientists at the time failed to spot the signs of life — and COOKED the bugs at 160°C during experiments. Now an international team has used modern techniques to re-examine data collected by the two unmanned Viking probes.

And biologist Joseph Miller, of the University of Southern California, said: “I’m 99 per cent sure there’s life there.

“To paraphrase an old saying, if it looks like a microbe and acts like a microbe — then it probably is a microbe.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thesun.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 04/14/2012 2:44:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I hope they weren’t prominent citizens.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 2:46:23 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: stuartcr

I hope the bugs weren’t Black, or there will be riots.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 2:57:42 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: stuartcr

LoL :-)


4 posted on 04/14/2012 2:57:50 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Remember, there is no statute of limitations for murder...


5 posted on 04/14/2012 2:59:15 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Back on earth...

Europe's highest active volcano, Italy's Mount Etna, erupted again this week. The eruption, which spewed blood-red molten lava and grey and white ash into the air, is the 24th in a series that started in January 2011.

6 posted on 04/14/2012 3:08:52 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If you quit you don't get your miracle.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
To promote interplanetary peace, offer them our current leader to make up for this!
7 posted on 04/14/2012 3:12:16 AM PDT by LRS ("How many fingers, Winston?")
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"We all gonna DIE!!!!"
8 posted on 04/14/2012 3:18:11 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Berlin_Freeper

yawn. More sensation news imho. So we destroyed some microbes, now some people believe human species should be wiped out for ruining another planet


9 posted on 04/14/2012 3:25:59 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Berlin_Freeper
This comes to mind...


10 posted on 04/14/2012 3:30:02 AM PDT by abishai
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To: BigCinBigD

That was just dumb.


11 posted on 04/14/2012 3:33:30 AM PDT by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: Berlin_Freeper

12 posted on 04/14/2012 3:33:56 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
They're back........and they want your kitten.......


13 posted on 04/14/2012 3:39:53 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline
Wonderful Life
14 posted on 04/14/2012 3:54:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If you quit you don't get your miracle.)
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To: LRS

And we`ll throw in a wookie and a half-witted VP to be named later.


15 posted on 04/14/2012 4:20:33 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Things must be slow around the NASA shop so they think they can drum up some business by claiming to have found life and been too ignorant and careless to notice.

Outstanding, gentlemen.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 4:26:03 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

They also managed to use the grinding tool to grind off what looked like a fossilized sea amemome. Of course, that is all just chump change to the adjustment of the color monitors to high red, hiding the initial blue sky with light white clouds and the slight greenish tinge on some patches of Martian soil ...


17 posted on 04/14/2012 4:30:27 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Payback's a bitch, earthlings!


18 posted on 04/14/2012 4:39:20 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: PIF

Are you being sarcastic?


19 posted on 04/14/2012 6:01:38 AM PDT by IamCenny
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To: 4rcane

Doesn’t set a good precedent for any future Zefram Cochrans out there.


20 posted on 04/14/2012 6:06:43 AM PDT by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“To summarize, we come in peace and you all will die.”


21 posted on 04/14/2012 6:08:49 AM PDT by ricmc2175
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To: Berlin_Freeper
WE WARNED YOU ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING...Oh, wait...
22 posted on 04/14/2012 6:09:39 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
BUNGLING Nasa chiefs are believed to have found tiny Martians — but KILLED them by boiling them alive.

Boiled Martians.....hunnnnghh...


23 posted on 04/14/2012 6:11:28 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
In the book "13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time" by Michael Brooks.

A clear case was made for the discovery of life on Mars. Also for Cold Fusion!

"Gases have been detected on Mars that could only have come from carbon-based life forms"

24 posted on 04/14/2012 6:26:22 AM PDT by Dacus943
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To: IamCenny
No. One of the return shots before the grinding showed a krinoid like fossil.

As for the color - before the initial images were returned, techs swarmed over the monitors to make sure the color they would display would be completely accurate. All of that in full view of the hoards of media people awaiting the first live color images from Mars.

When the actual images began to be displayed, the project manager with a cry of dismay ran to the monitors and cranked up the red to max.

Its a red planet, you know. Wouldn't want to disappoint tbe folks.

25 posted on 04/14/2012 12:28:38 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Dacus943

Gases have been detected on Mars

The methane gas detected has other explainations, according to learned scientists, and assorted experts.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 12:32:02 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

We can still explore the monolith.

27 posted on 04/14/2012 12:34:00 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: PIF

I remember reading just the opposite at the time. The original video was off because the automatic calibration was geared towards terrestrial photography and artificially corrected the sky towards blue, they had to turn it off to get the accurate colors.


28 posted on 04/14/2012 12:41:53 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: PIF

I searched but could find the article where Sir Arthur C. Clarke pointed out that rover pictures showed things that looked like seashells, roots, and seeds.

Wish I had archived the images. They don’t seem to be at space.com anymore.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 1:09:20 PM PDT by darth
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To: dangerdoc

The original video was off because the automatic calibration was geared towards terrestrial photography

And the spin goeth forth and multiplies ...

There was no automatic calibration - the monitors were maunally calibrated by techs using color test patterns - watched by many media witnesses.

Color test patterns are like that ... they are what they are ... geared only to what colors are in the pattern, not some auto-corrrection monitor algorithm. A monitor is a monitor, and are precalibrated only to test patterns, else why bother spending hours making sure the color is accurate when some mysterious algorithm is going to change it anyway?

Besides manually cranking the red channel to full solves nothing, serves only to reinforce a preconceived stereotype, leaving just the spin.


30 posted on 04/15/2012 5:38:21 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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