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Re: BBC 'Methane Poses Mars Life Puzzle' - Hatch

From: Larry Hatch <larryhatch.nul>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 15:21:34 -0800
Fwd Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 01:05:42 -0500
Subject: Re: BBC 'Methane Poses Mars Life Puzzle' - Hatch


>From: Dan Bright <ufo.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 21:13:05 +0100
>Subject: Re: BBC 'Methane Poses Mars Life Puzzle'

>>From: Paul Anderson <paulanderson.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 23:41:00 -0800
>>Subject: BBC 'Methane Poses Mars Life Puzzle'

>>http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3577551.stm

>This article states "Scientists see two possibilities, both of
them scientifically important, but one of them is sensational."

>I'd consider the confirmation of _any_ life on a planet other
than Earth (other than that which we've seeded!) to be pretty
darn sensational in it's implications. Indeed, volcanism would
also be a very significant discovery on Mars.

>I'm certainly not advocating sensationalist media headlines,
but it does strike me as interesting that this story appears to
have been somewhat under-played in the media to date, when
compared, for example, to the relatively loud publicity that was
afforded to the discovery of an ancient liquid water sea.

>Perhaps mainstream media are just awaiting the press
conferences before hitting the hyperbole hyperdrive. This is
certainly one to watch, and could be absolutely massive in it's
implications. Once life has been detected and confirmed on
another planet, the paradigm will have well and truly shifted.



Hello Dan, Paul ..

I have to agree. The ancient seas announcement was leaked in
advance with a scheduled announcement, then the headlines.

I searched in vain for news articles about the Methane matter
until it came up late, and seemingly underplayed, second page
type treatment on one of the space science news sites.

I would have shouted that as a headline, even if it doesn't
prove present day life on Mars. There is the outgassing model
for example. But, methane certainly bolsters live critter
arguments. Ancient methane would be destroyed in relatively
short order in Mars' thin harsh atmosphere for one thing, and
Mars had billions of years to exhaust its primordial gases.

Caution and scientific consensus are highly understandable in
such pronouncements, the press and public seem to go overboard
with them. Still, I perceive unequal press treatment when
comparing Ancient Seas and the Methane matter.


Best wishes

- Larry Hatch






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