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Life on Mars? Maybe it’ll happen when the first humans arrive…


In a most informative article, David. F. Coppedge contrasts known facts as to why Mars might be lifeless with science writing that relentlessly attempts to paint it as hopeful. Just two examples:

(3) Mars has no global magnetic field to protect life. (4) Mars has no ozone layer to protect it from UV radiation.

David F. Coppedge, “Evolutionists Find it Hard to Imagine a Lifeless Mars” at Creation-Evolution Headlines


Mars rocks collected by Perseverance boost case for ancient life (Phys.org). The only evidence offered in this simplistic article is that certain rocks in the Jezero Crater where the rover Perseverance is operating could have had contact with water in the past. “If these rocks experienced water for long periods of time, there may be habitable niches within these rocks that could have supported ancient microbial life,” said one female NASA geologist suffering from hydrobioscopy.

Earthly rocks point way to water hidden on Mars (Penn State News). Water is a necessary but not sufficient condition for life on Mars. Mars has an abundance of an iron mineral called hematite. A Penn State doctoral student found evidence to support a “once-debunked 19th-century identification” that some forms of this mineral could contain water. The possibility of Mars having hydro-hematite was enough to switch on this student’s hydrobioscopy buzzer.

David F. Coppedge, “Evolutionists Find it Hard to Imagine a Lifeless Mars” at Creation-Evolution Headlines

People don’t want to be alone or to believe that they are alone. That, far more than any evidence, drives the demand for life on Mars.

Of course, there could be life there but that’s not why people believe it.

Notice the complete absence of responses from the usual skeptics. -Q Querius
Hope(faith) remains alive and well among atheists! Don't let anyone ever tell you they have no faith! tjguy
Atheist science needs life on Mars (or Europa, or Io, or...) in order to "prove" abiotic OOL and Darwinism, and thereby bolster their atheism. If they do not find life, they will insist it must be somewhere else and their faith will be undiminished. If they do find some sort of life that looks very much like it came from Earth (same genetic code, known bacteria species, etc.), they will crow about "convergent evolution". While it would be fascinating to find some truly novel lifeform on Mars, it would not really undermine ID, nor "prove" Darwinism as the origin of life or species. And my bet is on no life beyond what comes from the Earth. Fasteddious
Darwin's Theory of Evolution also demands that random molecular recombination, mutation, and natural selection operate in a variety of places, not just uniquely on the earth in conformance with the the Cosmological Principle. It's been demonstrated that extremophiles can survive under Martian conditions (atmosphere, temperature, pressure, radiation, chemical environment, subsurface water). Thus, the same 4.5 billion years that filled the earth with life is also more than sufficient and inevitable for Mars to also be teeming with Martian life! Obviously the various Mars rovers have simply been unlucky so far. Or not. -Q Querius

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