Scientists in hunt for aliens make GRIM discovery about red planet

Scientists in hunt for aliens make GRIM discovery about red planet

NASA scientists have found the red planet is deadlier than we thought. They believe Martian soil could be too dry to sustain any microbial alien life. Experts from the Ames Research Centre in California travelled to the Atacama desert in Chile – the driest place on Earth – to discover more clues about Mars’ habitability. By drilling into the parched soil to collect microbial samples the researchers aimed to learn more about the possibility of life below the surface of Mars.

Instead, the researchers were confronted with findings which could dash the hopes of UFO hunters around the globe. The arid landscape of the Atacama desert most resembles the hostile surface of Mars due to its dryness and only a few millilitres of rain a decade. Rather than find out microbial life can thrive in these extreme conditions, the researchers were faced with the realisation the arid planes of the Atacama are an absolute kill zone for life.

And the prospect of finding microbial life on Mars looks even worse because the Red Planet is between 100 to 1,000 times dryer than the driest regions of the Chilean desert. But Mary Beth Wilhelm, an astrobiologist at Ames who co-published the findings this month in the journal Astrobiology, said the unfavourable results could still teach valuable lessons about Mars’ past.

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