Ah-Oh. Search For Life On Mars Is About To Get “Andromeda Strain” Weird As We Rocket “Gene Sequencers” T o The Red Planet In Search Of “Subsurface Martian Organisms”

Ah-Oh. Search For Life On Mars Is About To Get “Andromeda Strain” Weird As We Rocket “Gene Sequencers” To The Red Planet In Search Of “Subsurface Martian Organisms”

Farmer suspects that seriously seeking traces of life requires deep drilling on Mars. “I basically think we’re going to have to gain access to the subsurface and look for the fossil record,” he explains. But discovering a clear, unambiguous fossil biosignature on Mars would also raise a red flag. “We probably would approach the future of Mars exploration—particularly accessing habitable zones of liquid water in the deep subsurface—more cautiously, because life could still be there. So planetary protection would be taken very seriously,” he says. (“Planetary protection” is the term scientists commonly use for precautions to minimize the chance of biological contamination between worlds…

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