Red hot evidence!

Published: Saturday 30 November 1996

the red planet -- Mars -- continues to interest. British geologists have found another meteorite, designated 79001, which crystallised some 175 million years ago and was ejected from Mars due to a possible asteroid impact. The meteorite, also found in Antarctica, has revealed organic compounds that also hint at the possibility of Mars harbouring lifeforms. British scientists Ian Wright and Colin Pillinger of the Open University, Milton Keynes, and Monica Grady of the Natural History Museum, London, were involved in the research.

Exulted Michael Meyer, a biologist who specialises in extraterrestrial studies at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, us , "It means we have more than one sample with hints of life. And it means Mars could have been inhabited for quite a long period and could even have some life today."

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