While reading this story, I was just wondering if this was going to happen to us? I mean, why should the poor little Martians be the only ones to suffer? Up until now, I always had the impression that the folks here on planet Earth were the good guys...sorta. Now I'm having to go back and rethink all my prior ideas.
BUNGLING Nasa chiefs are believed to have found tiny Martians — but KILLED them by boiling them alive.By GARY O’SHEA
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.”
During the 1976 mission, nutrients were added to the Martian soil. It would have a similar effect to putting plant food on a garden. The soil gave off a gas, believed to be mainly carbon dioxide.
Experts dismissed the possibility that the gas came from bugs. But new tests indicate it DID. Unfortunately, the soil was heated in the original tests, killing any microbes.
Dr Miller wants Nasa to send a craft back to Mars to film the minute creatures.
Man, not only did we invade another planet...but we kidnapped some of the lawful residents, brought them back here, and then murdered them in the name of science! I hate to say it, but this really sounds like the makings of a low budget science fiction movie!
To top it off, now we want to go back and get some more of them? We might not get a friendly welcome this time around!
We better have coffee in the kitchen this morning. Rain and hail in the forecast and I really don't like hail in my coffee!