Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/22/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Researchers have idea that will allow them to easily explore subsurface of planet.

Scientists have published a new theory that explains where life could have once existed on Mars, and how it might be found. The theory is based on what we know about the natural development of life on Earth and even locates a prime spot to conduct the search.

A crater may hold the final answer to if there is, or was ever, life on Mars.

A crater may hold the final answer to if there is, or was ever, life on Mars.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/22/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Mars, research, life, mission, McLaughlin Crater


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Published Monday in the journal, Nature Geoscience, the theory suggests scientists might find evidence for life on Mars by examining a particular impact crater.

According to Professor John Parnell and Dr. Joseph Michalski, a planetary Geologists at the Natural History Museum in England, a particular crater might be just to place to search for life on Mars.

Parnell told the Telegraph, "We could be so close to discovering if there is, or was, life on Mars. We know from studies that a substantial proportion of all life on Earth is also in the subsurface and by studying the McLaughlin Crater we can see similar conditions beneath the surface of Mars thanks to observations on the rocks brought up by the meteorite strike."

Parnell explained why  looking at the crater is so critical to finding life.

"There can be no life on the surface of Mars because it is bathed in radiation and it's completely frozen. However, life in the sub surface would be protected from that. And there is no reason why there isn't bacteria or other microbes that were or still are living in the small cracks well below the surface of Mars. One of the other things we have discussed in our paper is that this bacteria could be living off hydrogen, which is exactly the same as what microbes beneath the surface of the Earth are doing too. Unfortunately, we won't find any evidence of animals as the most complex life you might get in the sub surface would be fungi. But fungi aren't even that far removed from plants and animals, so I think you could say that life on Mars could be complex, but small."

There are a number of problems in the search for life on Mars, chiefly, getting below the surface far enough to find layers of strata where life may have, or still does exist. Robot vehicles can only be built so large and are limited in what equipment they can carry. They cannot possibly drill more than a few feet below the surface.

However, where man fails, nature succeeds. Meteors, some quite large, have struck Mars throughout the planet's history. When a large meteor impacts the surface, it forms a crater, sometimes excavating hundreds of meters deep, exposing the strata beneath. A craft that is capable of testing these layers can effectively study Martian history since each layer would be specific to a particular era of geologic activity.

Mars has an added advantage of being a tectonically stable planet with little erosion. That means layers of sediment would be preserved for billions of years whereas on Earth such preservation is remarkably rare.

So, if at any time in history, life has ever existed on Mars, the odds are very good that examining a feature such as the McLaughlin Crater, they can rule almost conclusively about the question Martian of life.

In the meantime, research continues with what tools scientists have. Currently, there are five active scientific missions on Mars. That number may increase within the next two years as India sends its first mission to the Red Planet in November and the European Space Agency has another mission slated for 2016. Several other agencies, including NASA will send further missions in the years ahead as the pace of research accelerates.

However, a mission to the McLaughlin Crater is not in the works - yet.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Technology

Faception: New app to identify everyone from pedophiles to terrorists Watch

Image of Faception app can play huge role in national security (snapmunk).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A new app just signed a contract with a homeland security agency to help identify national threats to security - but is it accurate? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Faception is a new facial recognition app that can identify everyone from terrorists to poker ... continue reading


DISLIKE: Facebook blames Zuckerberg bias on employees, promises to retrain Watch

Image of It's the employees, never the boss, who is responsible.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Facebook has announced they will retrain employees responsible for curating their news content. The social networking giant has been accused of censoring news and content with a conservative slant in favor of liberal content. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading


Think again! Soon, EVERY job will be taken by robots Watch

Image of In the future, every job will be performed by a robot. Robots will even repair and design other robots. What happens when human labor becomes obsolete?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

All healthy, well adjusted people want to work. It's hardwired into our DNA to build, to produce, to gather, grow and trade. Without this impulse, our species could never have built civilization. But what happens when an essential part of our being becomes obsolete? ... continue reading


We are THIS close to finding life on another planet Watch

Image of The James Webb Space Telescope may bring us the answers we seek regarding life in the universe.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have announced the discovery of three planets in the habitable zone of a star just 39 light years away. Such planets have the potential to host life, making them targets for future study. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Are scientists about to ... continue reading


Chinese invent robots that can beat humans at soccer Watch

Image of Chinese robots are now beating humans at their own game.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Earlier this year, a robot beat a master player at the ancient game of Go. Now, robots are beating humans at soccer. Armies of engineers are working around the world to develop artificial intelligence and robots that can do what humans do, only better. They're making ... continue reading


Top Secret Area 51 on fire - film footage captures mysterious mushroom cloud, armed security at base Watch

Image of What just happened in the secretive Area 51?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

UFO watchers have spotted a mysterious mushroom-shaped cloud over Area 51. The cause of the cloud remains unknown, but it is evidently connected to a fire at the secret military base. Viewers were unable to obtain direct footage of whatever caused the inferno, due to ... continue reading


AI shoots to kill: Will robots rule the world? Watch

Image of Researchers believe Artificial Intelligence can lead to the extinction of all humanity (Terminator 2).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

After Microsoft's failure with AI teen "Tay," it should come as no surprise that more and more researchers are agreeing artificial intelligence requires a delicate balance between helpful tech and murderous exterminators. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According ... continue reading


New machine about to replace ALL fast food workers -- and why that's awesome! Watch

Image of Several companies are developing machines and robots that can replace legions of low-wage, low-skilled workers. The cost savings would be tremendous. It would also be of benefit to the workers themselves, a least in the long run.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Fast food workers, say goodbye to that grimy job with surly guests and overbearing managers. Your fight for $15 is over. No, you didn't win, someone has invented a machine that makes hamburgers better and faster than you do. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading


Extraordinary life-changing surgery allows paralyzed man to regain body control Watch

Image of Chip implant helps paralyzed man move arm and even play guitar (Screenshot/Ohio State University).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Ian Burkhart underwent experimental brain surgery to help scientists pioneer technology aimed at reanimating paralyzed limbs - and it worked! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Six years ago, Burkhart severed his spine when he went for a swim and was slammed into a ... continue reading


Would you eat a pizza delivered by a robot? Customers in New Zealand already can... How will this affect you? Watch

Image of Within a few years, your pizza may be delivered by robot.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Robots will soon begin to deliver your mail, pizza, and other parcels within the next few years. Plans are being developed around the globe to test, then roll out automated delivery systems for everything from packages, to mail to pizza. The rising demand for delivered ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • :-D MILLENNIALS REJOICE! New emoji Bible translation is coming!
  • St. Augustine of Canterbury: Saint of the Day for Friday, May 27, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Saturday, May 28th, 2016 HD Video
  • $3,600,000,000,000: the price to repair America
  • Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Friday, May 27, 2016
  • States revolt, 11 sue to block disruptive Obama restroom edict, ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 14:18-20
18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought bread and wine; he was a priest of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 110:1, 2, 3, 4
1 [Of David Psalm] Yahweh declared to my Lord, 'Take your seat at my ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:11-17
11 But the crowds got to know and they went after him. He made them ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 11:23-26
23 For the tradition I received from the Lord and also handed on to you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 26th, 2016 Image

St. Philip Neri
May 26: If one had to choose one saint who showed the ... Read More