Alien microbes, stowed away on our returning space vehicles, could threaten this planet with deadly danger.
by Paul Foght
IF GULLIVER TRAVELS, life in our universe may be doomed, or at least altered beyond recognition. “Gulliver” is a one-and-one-half pound instrument package designed to be landed on Mars in a U.S. effort to detect life on our neighbor planet.
The threat that this space probe presents is very real and very understandable. It is the threat of contamination by microorganisms carried to Mars in or on the Gulliver mechanisms. Most biological scientists believe that microorganisms from the earth could survive in the Martian environment, and the environment might allow the earth-organisms to breed and multiply unhindered. Such unrestricted reproduction by even the simplest organism could completely alter the scheme of life on Mars in mere short hours. Read the rest of this entry »