Seriously, Hugh Ross at Reasons to Believe has been saying this for years: There’s life out on them thar rocks, but it was manufactured here.
“They say the high degree of order is more characteristic of biological, rather than purely physical, processes.”
Only, in this case, there are live subjects.
” … the interior of such lava tubes could provide a safe haven for microbial life — especially if groundwater had found its way inside at some point.”
It may be a bit too soon to start selling real estate. They found nine super-Earths in a survey of 102 stars. But so far, super-Earths have been disappointing.
Atheism’s influence on cosmology has been grave.
The subtle message here is obviously that the science community gets better mileage out of Mars exploration than out of origin of life research. In principle, that’s likely true …
“Two ambitious missions that NASA had hoped to launch to Mars, in 2016 and 2018, will be canceled.”
If we narrow our expectations to specifics, we can learn something, whether or not we find what we are looking for.
“I’m not saying that it definitely was an extraterrestrial broadcast; there’s no proof of that. … it was a tug on the cosmic fishing line.”
“Mars exploration taking the single biggest hit, down from $587m this year to $360m next year – a 39% reduction.”
Bureaucrats apparently do have a protocol for what to do if they do contact us:
“… with today’s technology, we could send a robotic probe out there, and within a few hundred years, it could be sending back picture postcards.”
“This implies that liquid water has been on the surface of Mars for far too short a time for life to maintain a foothold on the surface.”