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Sunday, February 23, 2020

This summer, NASA plans to launch the most sophisticated Mars rover in history " a 2,260-pound behemoth which, if all goes well, will eventually send samples from the Red Planet back to Earth. A key hope is that the rover will gather new evidence of life, alive or extinct, on our planetary neighbor. But Space.com attended a recent conference about potential astrobiology on Mars, and found that almost all attendees think that if there's life there, it's probably deep underground.

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They need to go into the pyramid.

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-02-23 10:58 AM | Reply

"I checked our bank account and there's less in it."

"Well, considering advances in science, it probably went into a black hole."

"I doubt our money just disappeared like that."

"Okay, our money is financing finding martian life underground."

"Your first theory seemed more believeable."

#2 | Posted by Petrous at 2020-02-23 07:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

If itis anywhere on Mars it deep down in the Valles Marineris. Been saying it all along. So in Trumplandia that means I am qualified to run NASA, too!

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-23 10:33 PM | Reply

Whatever happened to Buffalo Bob? I'd like his insight on this

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-24 12:40 AM | Reply

They need to go into the pyramid.

#1 | POSTED BY LFTHNDTHRDS

Why? To find a bunch of grain?

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2020-02-24 02:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

Life underground on Mars? That place is a blast furnace.

I hope they've invented solar powered air conditioning by now.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-24 04:37 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"They need to go into the pyramid.
#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-

Or the Sphinx . . . according to Edgar Cayce.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-24 05:48 AM | Reply

#7
"That place is a blast furnace."

Take it from a Floridian!

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2020-02-24 06:07 AM | Reply

DOC

"Take it from a Floridian!"

LOL

If you have errands the key is, start very early and be back in the A/C by 9:00 a.m.

Then take a nap.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-24 06:23 AM | Reply

"Life underground on Mars? That place is a blast furnace."

What ever gave you that idea? Got a link? I would be interested. Mars is no longer geologically active. Not like earth. There is no molten core as far as we know. And even it is hot( like a blast furnace?) deep in mars the surface is very cold. So cooling spaces below the surface would not be that much of a problem. And anyway if there was life and it needed to retreat underground life has a way of finding the sweet spots. Even without intelligent guidance and technological support.

We had no idea life could exist at the bottom of the ocean next to volcanic smoker vents. It is even possible that Life may have even originated there deep in the canyon. Which means it has had plenty of time to adapt and find its niche.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-24 01:07 PM | Reply

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#10 all true

Though Mars' core is not molten or even plastic, it is likely warm or hot. However for many kilometers below the surface it is probably just as cold as the surface itself..

Not only were we surprised to find life near the thermal vents on the bottom of the ocean, we were equally surprised to find it in very Mars-like environments of Antarctica. In fact some of the extremophiles we found in Antarctica are in more hostile conditions than the equator of Mars.

Again, very true that life finds the sweet spots or it adapts. As Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park famously said, "Life finds a way".

I have for decades held the position that Mars has life. The more discoveries we make (like proof of recently flowing water) the more certain I am this is true.

#11 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-24 09:08 PM | Reply

What we should do is spend all the money we don't have for healthcare and education and fund space exploration.

Sounds great!

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-24 09:14 PM | Reply

#12 sounds stupid to me. I think money budgetedfor space exploration should be used for space exploration and Buddy budgeted for health care and education should be used for healthcare and education.

Yeah I know, it's radical, but that's how I feel

#13 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-24 10:56 PM | Reply

NASA Thinks Martian Life Could Be Underground

Martian Life Thinks NASA Should Be Underground

#14 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 02:40 AM | Reply

Life underground on Mars? That place is a blast furnace.

Nude people should not comment on science.

Mars is colder, not warmer (usually).

Differing in situ values have been reported for the average temperature on Mars, with a common value being '63 C (210 K; '81 F). Surface temperatures may reach a high of about 20 C (293 K; 68 F) at noon, at the equator, and a low of about '153 C (120 K; '243 F) at the poles.

Mars also has a hard time holding onto the heat it does get. On Earth, much of the sun's heat gets trapped in our atmosphere, which acts like a blanket to keep our planet warm. But Mars' atmosphere is about 100 times thinner than Earth's -- so heat from the sun can easily escape.

#15 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 02:47 AM | Reply

with a common value being '63 C (210 K; '81 F)

That is MINUS 63 C.

#16 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 02:50 AM | Reply

'153 C

MINUS 153 C

#17 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 02:51 AM | Reply

CLOWN

I think we should start cleaning up Earth first . . . before we spend money looking for bacteria cadavers underground on Mars.

I understand there's some scientific benefit to exploration and I applaud NASA for all that brain power. But Earth itself, especially the oceans, is turning into a waste dump.

In my mind, it's a matter of priorities.

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-25 04:03 AM | Reply

DONNERBOY

I agree. Mars would also be a great place to get a tan. If you don't mind looking like a charcoal briquet.

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-25 05:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Mars would also be a great place to get a tan. If you don't mind looking like a charcoal briquet.

Yah.. sure.

Idiot. LOL

#20 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 06:51 AM | Reply

I know the Beeyatch has got me plonked and I am HAPPY she has. But for the rest of you, THIS is what an uneducated Moron sounds like. LOL

#21 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 06:53 AM | Reply

TREMAIN

Moron??? ~ LOL

I'm not the one with 19 plonks.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-25 07:28 AM | Reply

#18 it's a good thing the countries of the world never waited for every ill to be taken care of before they embarked on exploration.

What do you have against learning?

#23 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-25 07:31 AM | Reply

But plonks mean nothing, do they? If GOATSHART is to be believed, they are all done by sock-puppets. I don't know if The Shart is correct or not... but he seems to have a belief system going.

And plonks have nothing to do with being a no-science idiot. LOL

Moron, you are, I am afraid.

#24 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 07:32 AM | Reply

#21 apparently I'm not the only one who can trigger ------. Lol

#25 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-25 07:32 AM | Reply

#24 was meant for Beeyaatch-Watch on #22.

The stupidity of some people... the mind boggles!

#26 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 07:34 AM | Reply

I'm not the only one who can trigger

If you were any good at triggering, you still would have your trigger finger with you. LOL

#27 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 07:36 AM | Reply

"If you were any good at triggering, you still would have your trigger finger with you. LOL

#27 | POSTED BY J_TREMAIN "

???

#28 | Posted by goatman at 2020-02-25 08:07 AM | Reply

???

#29 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2020-02-25 08:44 AM | Reply

"#18 it's a good thing the countries of the world never waited for every ill to be taken care of before they embarked on exploration."

Yup.

In fact, we are so eager to explore that we take our diseases with us and Happily share them

So if life is not there now. It will be as soon as We arrive with all our Delicious cooties.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-02-25 10:14 AM | Reply

Could be, there are bacteria in rock more than a mile underground here. That particular bacteria divides about once every 1000 years.It survives on chemicals found in the rock.

#31 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-02-25 10:33 AM | Reply

DOCNJO

"That particular bacteria divides about once every 1000 years. It survives on chemicals found in the rock."

OMG! That's no way to live. Poor things.

By all means, we should rush on over and bring it back to Planet Earth for a better way of life. Find it a mate so it can breed, raise a family and be happy and healthy.

#32 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-02-25 11:23 AM | Reply

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