Two astrobiologists charge NASA killed Martian life with its space missions
Scientist Gilbert Levin insists his biology experiment proved life is in the Martian soil. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Washington State University and his German colleague, Joop Houtkooper of Justus Liebig University charge NASA killed it.
Their explosive allegation—raised at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, Washington—raises one more doubt about the US space agency.
Scooped up and killed
When the Viking mission tested for life it detected hydrogen peroxide from oxidation. The two scientists claim the oxidation process didn't come from the soil, but in the killing of Martian life scooped up and chemically destroyed by the robot space explorer.
The two have stirred up controversy—nothing new to NASA—with their report alleging the death of Martian life.
"It is interesting to note that the Viking experiments were conducted under too warm and wet conditions from the perspective of the hydrogen peroxide hypothesis for Martian life," they concluded in their in-depth report. "If the hypothesis is true, it would mean we killed the Martian microbes during our first extraterrestrial contact."
Expert Sir Gilbert V. Levin flatly states Mars has life
No doubt Gilbert Levin would agree with them. Levin continues to insist his biology experiment proved life was in the Martian soil sample.
"We obtained positive data corresponding with all the pre-mission criteria, which proved the existence of microbial life in the soil of Mars," Levin told National Geographic. ["I Found Life on Mars in 1976, Scientist Says"]
In essence, the two scientists argue, NASA unwittingly killed exactly what they were seeking: life.
NASA didn't do it on purpose, Schulze-Makuch and Houtkooper rush to explain. The agency was just ignorant...like an 8-year old boy that finds his dad's gun and accidentally kills his little sister.
Increasing doubts...increasing fire
In recent years NASA's come under fire and increasing investigation for its alleged cover-ups and public suspicions of gross incompetency.
The beleaguered space agency's fallen far since its glory days of Apollo. Initially led towards the heavens by its visionary genius, ex-Nazi rocket man Werner von Braun, NASA's gone from a rising star to a falling one. It's become politically correct and no longer has a focused mission or a manned space program.
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Evidence of Martian life scattered across planet
Sir Charles Shults has cataloged stacks of images revealing the evidence of Martian life. The scientist has gathered proof—proof that NASA studiously ignores. ["A Fossil Hunter's Guide to Mars"]
During the Mars rover missions, scores of armchair astronauts screamed in disbelief as NASA systematically steered their little juggernauts towards fossil evidence and then blithely pressed the little rovers ahead, mindlessly crushing the precious fossils under their grinding treads.
According to a growing number of scientists and researchers NASA is hiding evidence of ancient technology scattered across planets and moons in the solar system, manipulating photos of artifacts on the Moon, Mars, Phobos and Titan ["NASA Whistleblower: Alien Moon Cities Exist"], ignoring evidence of fossils on Mars, dismissing proof of life on the Red Planet first discovered more than 30 years ago and massaging the data gleaned from satellites and computer modeling of climate change.
Caught in the act of changing the color of the Martian sky and surface with red filters, NASA looks worse and worse as its credibility crumbles.
Some question why NASA would hide, ignore and censor evidence. After all, it could only serve to ignite the public's interest in space exploration and missions back to the Moon and beyond to mysterious Mars.
Others say they have the answer: the United States of America has had a 'secret space program' since the 1960s. The US—they claim—has had bases on the Moon, and maybe Mars too, for almost 40 years. ["Claim: Secret American Base Discovered on Moon"]
NASA faces hard choices and hard days ahead as the world's other space agencies—in Europe, Russia, China, Japan and India—gear up with their own lunar missions and Mars probes.
What their cameras find there may spell the end of NASA.
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