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- Taken by
- Gary Proffitt
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- 0.09 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Dec 14, 2013
- Date taken
- astrophotography, environmental, experimental, forensic, geology, landscape, photojournalism
MARTIS VITAE INVENTUM XIV.XII.MMXIII,
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Here in the well known billion pixel image that was published by NASA of the Rock nest site which was briefly visited by the curiosity rover as it went about testing for chemicals that have now indicated a past environment suitable for life on Mars at this Ancient lake location, we can see that a large piece of lake bed sediment has broken off from the main slab on the higher ground and rolled beautifully on its side to reveal to the camera, amazing burrow or worm like fossils underground that are remarkably similar to trace fossils found on Earth at ancient lake and sea bed sites.
If this turns out to be evidence of trace fossils on Mars, then this would fit in with a simple theory that organisms could of evolved to breathe water and of lived under the lake and river beds to help avoid the daily dose of cosmic rays that Mars endures, these animals could of also in theory of ventured onto more exposed areas at night as is the case with many Earth creatures that seek protection during the day.
Finding shelter and a means for survival under the surface was a method that our distant ancestors the proto-mammals employed to great effect when they hid from a land ruled by dinosaurs for over 170 million years to emerge as the dominant species once the tables of fortune had turned against there reptilian overlords.
Nasa has stated recently that a large lake was at this location for a long period of time and the water was suitable for life so it would be no surprise if creatures had evolved to live there burrowing under the lake or river bed for protection from the environment and possible predators.
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This outcrop can be found left of centre of this mosaic image and appears as a darkened patch .
Getting humans to Mars and back is just too far away technologically at the moment but more importantly, we are severely behind in what could of been done by now in terms of real scientific research of Mars with only NASA ,India and the ESA making some headway in recent years.
The next goal should be constructing a space station to orbit Mars, similar though not as expansive as the ISS which would enable human transportation to have a realistic destination to test out the systems that can one day be used to get humans landed and retrieved from the surface of Mars.These same applied systems would allow for humans to orbit Mars and achieve real time robotic investigations without a 90 minute delay between transmissions to Earth.All this research and development is going to take a long time and a lot of resources to achieve the long term goal of putting our species on its first planetary visitation and exploration but in the mean time a more realistic short term goal is developing better rovers and possibly androids to get doing the tasks that up until now have not been engaged properly which is commissioning scientific quality visual surveys and excavating sites of geological and possible astrobiological importance.
There are clearly signs of unusual activity going on under the surface of Mars aside the interesting also methane plume detections
and the only thing stopping us discovering these and many other great things is our indifference to advance our explorational, scientific and technological boundaries.
CURRENT CONTEMPORARY RATIONAL SCIENTIFIC
ARGUMENTS FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE ON MARS.
Mankind's popular optimism for searching
for extra-terrestrial life has never waned though
it has been dashed publicly many times by many
missions to Mars since the first mariner fly by shots that delivered sparse indicators that have given a false image of Mars as a completely barren world with a seemly hostile desert like environment with intense cold and zero
chance for habitation by Earth like organisms
of any manner of description.
Further scientific debate has diminished optimism
even further by stating that the average atmospheric pressure cannot allow the triple point of water to create common Earth found, life giving occurrences of rain or liquid water .So it seems that the door has been slammed closed in the face of great cultural Optimism concerning the enigmatic Red Planet.
But have we considered all possibilities for life on Mars correctly?
If we look at life on Earth as a model for the capacities of life to overcome environmental change whether abrupt or gradual and we see a totally different end result that mercifully created us all to ponder these questions before us.
Take for instance the massive leap forward in evolution that enabled vertebrates to live on land as these creatures had to effectively carry the ocean within them in the form of a circulatory system full of salty water that we
call blood which in fact evolved much earlier in time by the ancestors of the fishes.Also they had to develop a way to process oxygen without water, which happened on land or shores and this also had been achieved prior to conquest of life by vertebrates on land by invertebrates
of which many tracked the dry surface of Earth
for millions of years prior and then to amazingly also take to the air!
The only "theoretical physical hurdle" for the possibility of life now on Mars would be to have a triple point for water related at air-pressure that would allow for liquid water internally, and this would not be a huge hurdle for evolution to overcome if it were a gradual change, in fact in would not be problematic if the air-pressure
on Mars had always been very low as again Darwinism would allow for survival of the physically advantaged and select forms would inherit this World swiftly though sparsely and circumspect.
Let me put this into a simpler and better explanation for us all, how can we declare the ability and chances for possible life models to over-come the Martian environment as nil when we vision sending humans with nothing more than a space suit and helmet to create an artificial pressure environment around them coming
with infinitely less design effort and improvement than the nano-metric skills of life systems to create similar effective solutions over millions of years to overcome such a theoretical problem and
countless more that have been practically achieved that we have yet to master ourselves!
I will state this with complete confidence,
there is nothing stopping advanced evolution from living in pockets of environmentally friendly niche areas of Mars though we may have to consider that this may be mostly isolated,
sub-surface types for which we have done very little in terms of research or investigation-
The Current Curiosity Rover mission by NASA and JPL must be commended on bringing not only amazing views of Gale crater and Mt Sharp but on making many discoveries of scientific importance and I personally keep track of all findings daily and have been moved as have many others by this greatest of robotic achievements and instances of "Mars scientific exploration."