At NASA’s press conference last week about methane on Mars, NASA’s lead scientist for the Mars Program Michael Meyers said straight out, “These findings are not evidence for life, but evidence for active processes on Mars.” But seemingly, not everyone in the media took the high road in reporting about the methane news, with some claiming NASA had found life on Mars.
If you missed the news conference, or didn’t read the Universe Today article on the methane news, or would like further information straight from the scientists who have been working on the methane detection on Mars for several years, NASA has put together some videos, where you can get the news straight from the scientists. The first one is with Dr. Michael Mumma of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Take a look:
And there’s more:
If you click on the little video screens on the bottom after the first video is over, you can watch a series of videos from the press conference where the methane plumes news was discussed. Sometimes its best to hear it from the scientists first-hand.
If you want to read some of the more “titillating” versions of the methane news, Phil Plait has written an article about the Mars Methane Media Mess created by some over-zealous journalists (that includes a nice compliment on our article — thanks Phil!) and Dave Mosher at Discovery Space has a post about the Mars Methane Bomb on Earth.
Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today’s Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT’s Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is the author of the new book “Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos.” She is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.