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Scientists from Hungary claim evidence of life on Mars

According to them, dark dune spots in the star indicate the existence of life; NASA: Be careful of jumping to conclusions

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By: Avi Blizovsky
Three scientists from Hungary claim to have found evidence of the existence of living organisms on the planet Mars, after scanning about 60 images taken by NASA research satellites. "If the findings are correct, this will be the first finding of extraterrestrial organisms," said one of the scientists.
The scientists claim that the images show the existence of thousands of dark dune spots in the snowy south pole region of Mars. According to them, the spots are similar to organisms found at the South Pole of the Earth. "These points indicate that on the surface below the ice layer there are organisms that absorb solar energy and are able to melt the ice and create conditions for their survival," said a biologist, a member of the Hungarian team.

However, in a comment that appeared on the NASA website, before the publication of the Hungarian study, scientists warned against drawing conclusions regarding the meaning of the spots. "Despite the 'feeling' you get in terms of the photos of the spots, that the photos indicate some sign of life of plants growing on Mars, these photos are common in the process of melting the ice in the spring on the surface of the planet," it says.

Frozen organisms that dry up in the summer The Hungarian researchers claim that in the harsh winters on the surface of Mars, when the temperatures drop to 200 degrees Celsius below zero, the "organisms" are protected by a thick layer of ice, which melts with the beginning of summer, when the temperatures rise to zero degrees.

As a result of the melting process, large gray dune spots remain, ranging from 10 meters to several hundred meters in diameter. According to them, the spots are dried organisms, capable of reactivating themselves when the freezing winter returns.

Agustin Chicaro, one of the leaders of the European Space Agency's Mars exploration program, within which a research satellite is planned to be launched to Mars in 2003, recently visited Hungary and closely followed the findings of the Hungarian team. "We suggested to the European Space Agency where to perform measurements and photographs on the surface of Mars," said the team.

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