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Life on Mars and now Europa?

Wednesday the 7th of August saw the announcement, by US President Bill Clinton, no less, of the possible existence of primitive life on Mars.

NASA scientists made the claim after studying a 4.2 pound meteorite possibly 4.5 billion years old that was found in the Allan Hills region of Antarctica in 1984. The NASA team found the first organic molecules thought to be of Martian origin; and possible microscopic fossils of primitive, bacteria-like organisms inside the ancient Martian rock.

The Mars announcement was followed closely by another on the 13th of August. Data gathered by the Galileo space probe indicates that there may be water present on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.

Further Information:

NASA Ames Research Centre


CNN's special section


CNNs coverage of the Europa announcement

Last Updated: March, 1998

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