Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Good News Everybody! Mars Is Probably Dead.

This study says the peroxides on the Martain surface make the planet inhospitable to life as we know it. (Here.)

To some this might be bad news because it reduces the likelihood of finding life on Mars and it also undermines one rationale for Martian exploration: the search for extraterrestrial life. However, to those of us who view space as a place for future exploitation by humans, this is good news.

The more the planets can be viewed as uninhabited real estate loaded with natural resources the better. If there's no eco-system to protect and no existing owner, the planets are ours for the using. With the exception of some parks, of course.

-tdr

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