Recently, NASA held a press conference where they announced that their Curiosity Rover had found organic matter on Mars. More specifically, the rover detected complex carbon-based organic molecules, also known as the “blocks of life.” But it may be possible that the Viking probe, which traveled to the Red Planet in the 70s, might have made the same discovery but accidentally burned the proof of alien life on Mars.
Back in the 70s, according to some NASA scientists headed by Christopher McKay, the at least one of Viking probes that landed on Mars discovered organic matter, the very proof of the presence of alien life on Mars. Unfortunately, the probe destroyed the evidence during the analysis procedures.
It took about 50 years for NASA to find, once again, the proof of the presence of complex organic molecules on the Red Planet during the Mars Curiosity rover’s mission.
NASA might have burned the proof of alien life on Mars 50 years ago
According to the science team led by Christopher McKay, the accident could’ve happened due to a chemical compound that the NASA’s Phoenix Lander found in 2008. More specifically, we’re talking about a highly-flammable substance, the perchlorate, a poisonous and slaty chemical commonly used on Earth for fireworks.
On the Red Planet, however, the Viking lander found ice-cold perchlorate. Thus, to experiment, the probe heated soil samples that contained the substance to 500 degrees Celsius. In the process, apparently, any proof of alien life on Mars might have burned.
As NASA’s Christopher McKay and his colleagues reported, the theory is getting more and more probable as a whole bunch of pieces of evidence builds up in this direction. As they say, Mars Curiosity rover also found chlorobenzene molecules which form when carbon molecules interact with perchlorate.
Now, it’s impossible not to think how the current missions on Mars would have been if NASA would have not accidentally burned the proof of alien life on Mars back in the 70s during the Viking missions.