There is life on Mars, a researcher has announced at a conference - unfortunately it is just spaceship-borne contamination.
"I believe there is life on Mars, and it's unequivocally there, because we sent it," Andrew Schuerger of the University of Florida told the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas, recently. He has been granted funding from NASA's planetary protection office to help develop better sterilisation techniques for future missions.
Schuerger says that of all the space probes sent to Mars, only the two Viking craft in 1976 were adequately heat sterilised. The procedures used for all missions since then, including NASA's twin rovers and Europe's Beagle 2, would have left some microbes aboard.
After testing whether terrestrial organisms can survive simulated Martian conditions and the procedures used to sterilise spacecraft, he reckons there is a good chance...
Well, there's life out there now..no more Mars trips needed. At night we can now admire the new home of some microbes sent from earth..LOL I also can sit back and say I've got tax dollars sitting on a dusty dry planet with a near-vacuum of an atmosphere.
The moon has a few power possibilities. There's tidal power, on the grid only in Norway at this point: http://www.enn.com/news/2003-09-23/s_8684.asp
...then there's collecting, concentrating, and re-transmitting solar energy from the moon to earth, doable with today's technology: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2002-04/aiop-gpf041502.php
...but the reference you may have heard of is Helium-3, which is rare on earth but plentiful on the moon, and extremely valuable for its fusion power potential. Fusion reactions using He-3 generates power multiple times more efficiently than present fission reactors, and produces no radioactive waste.
It's a neat idea. Here's a news blip: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/10/1026185065069.html
And look at: http://fti.neep.wisc.edu/FTI/POSTERS/glk_lasvegas.pdf ...especially starting around page 15.
It is sad to see taxpayer dollars going into projects that could be used to feed the hungry. I know David commented in Ps. 8:3 "when I consider thy heavens, the works of thy fingers" he did so on earth. I heard that Bush was planning a return to the moon because of a power source hidden deep in the moon that is quite potent. If anyone knows more, please respond.
he added, I think it is scientifically proven fact that in 600 million years the descendants of these microbes will inevitably be sitting on deckchairs, enjoying the sun and playing chess listening to mp3 players.