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No methane on Mars disappoints current hopes for Martian life


We are told,

Curiosity [Rover] analyzed samples of the Martian atmosphere for methane six times from October 2012 through June and detected none. Given the sensitivity of the instrument used, the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, and not detecting the gas, scientists calculate the amount of methane in the Martian atmosphere today must be no more than 1.3 parts per billion. That is about one-sixth as much as some earlier estimates. Details of the findings appear in the Thursday edition of Science Express.

“It would have been exciting to find methane, but we have high confidence in our measurements, and the progress in expanding knowledge is what’s really important,” said the report’s lead author, Chris Webster of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “We measured repeatedly from Martian spring to late summer, but with no detection of methane.”

Recently, a number of expert have suggested that life on Earth might have been hatched on Mars, but then lack of methane represents a puzzle.

Speculation about how life began is so easy. It is the facts that complicate things. Can we learn any lessons here about the volumes and volumes of just so stories which make up the edifice of the evolutionary paradigm? If the facts were knowable, do we really think they would hold up? Conveniently, the facts are unknowable so scientists have the freedom to speculate. Speculation, or you can even call it a hypothesis if you want to make it scientific sounding, is not science if it always ends at the hypothesis stage. If it cannot be tested, a hypothesis is nothing more than speculation. Can anyone test their hypothesis on the origin of life? Creationists would welcome all such testing! tjguy

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