August 17, 2010

Martian rock site may carry evidence of early life

Collaborating scientists from several US-based research facilities – the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland; California’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Desert Research Institute in Nevada, as well as Brazil’s State University of Campinas have discovered the existence of ancient rocks on Mars that could hold fossilized remains of early life.

Their report, published in the journal “Earth and Planetary Science Letters,” stated that the rocks from Mars’ Nili Fossae region contain carbonate, a compound found in early life fossils.

The researchers also noted a very close similarity between the Martian rocks and those of Australia’s Pilbara region, which has shown some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth. The team believes that the same hydrothermal processes that preserved life in Pilbara could have occurred on Mars.

Thank you all scientists involved in this fascinating new discovery! May our continued insights about neighboring planets motivate us toward ever expanding appreciation and protection of all life on Earth.

In an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed the likenesses among Mars, Venus, and Earth that in addition to life-supporting conditions led to some of their fatal climate changes.

Supreme Master Ching Hai: According to planetary scientists, Mars and Venus were probably like planet Earth at an earlier time; they had a comfortable atmosphere, warmer temperatures, oceans and lots of water.

There is evidence that both of them experienced extreme climate changes. Thus today we see that Mars’ surface looks like there had been oceans, mountains, and rivers carved into them, even though there is hardly any living atmosphere left.

I have been able to contact the people in Mars; their ancestors were the survivors of the global warming catastrophe. They kindly gave us permission to share their sad past experience that it was their meat diet, their other unpleasant habits, their livestock production that emitted too much hot and poisonous gas, which triggered the release of other greenhouse gases from huge stores under the soil and ocean.

So tragically, the vast majority of people on Mars perished within a short time, along with the animals and plant life. Our planet is also facing a similar fate very soon. If we all become vegan and live a virtuous, compassionate life, it won’t happen.

Our planet will not follow this fate of Mars and Venus and instead, will be saved and thriving in every corner. ...

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