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NASA May Not Want to Look for Life on Mars

Buzz Aldrin saw a UFO on his way to the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Does that mean there?s life on Mars? There are two rovers on Mars right now, but neither one has been designed to look for signs of life. But some groups don't WANT future Mars missions to search for life, because they think that any bacteria that is found there and returned to earth, for example on rocks found on Mars, will be a hazard to life here.

In New Scientist, David Shiga quotes NASA scientist John Rummel as saying that any living Martian microbes could "cause unknown difficulties" to life on earth.

In 1996, some astronomers decided that the ALH84001 meteorite from Mars contained evidence of past life on that planet. NASA and SETI have made an agreement that in future missions, any signs of life on Mars should be reported publicly, and not kept under wraps as has been done in the past.

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