According to the Director of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, in Washington DC, Dr. Ellen Stofan, there was life on Mars at some point in the Red Planet’s history.
There was life on Mars, says the Director of the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Basing her arguments on the evolutionary history of life on Earth, the expert affirmed that life on Mars evolved at a certain point in the Red Planet’s history, but, most likely, it was formed only from microbial organisms such as bacteria. She said that one day, people would go to Mars and perform excavation missions and then they’ll find long-dead single-celled microbial aliens on the Red Planet.
“Life arose here on Earth rapidly once conditions stabilized, so you know, for the first several hundred million years on Earth the conditions were probably hostile. The problem is life remained in the oceans for a billion years and it took well over a billion years for life to gain any complexity. That’s why I’m optimistic life did evolve on Mars,” Dr. Ellen Stofan stated.
However, the scientists doubt the complexity of the long-dead life on Mars, saying that “I’m not optimistic that it got very complex, so we’re talking about finding fossil microbes – single-celled organisms, blue-green algae-typed things.”
Dr. Stofan thinks NASA is on the right path to find complex alien life forms in the Universe
Even though she stated that she’s pretty sure that life of Mars evolved at some point in the Red Planet’s history, Dr. Ellen Stofan is not so positive about the existence of complex alien life in the Universe. However, she thinks NASA is on the right path to find intelligent extraterrestrial life, or at least more complex life forms.
“I think we are heading down the right path and that is, while we’re looking for exoplanets around other stars, we’re trying to understand that nature and variety of life that might have evolved in our own solar system,” said Dr. Ellen Stofan.