microbes on mars

Why microbes and not humans should be the first 'Earthly pioneers' to settle on Mars

Why microbes and not humans should be the first 'Earthly pioneers' to settle on Mars

Microbes should be considered as assets rather than 'serendipitous accidents' when it comes to colonizing the red planet. Scientists suggest a significant revision in space exploration philosophy.

How our discovery of microbe traces in ancient rocks on Earth could help us find life on Mars

How our discovery of microbe traces in ancient rocks on Earth could help us find life on Mars

One of the most tantalising questions in science is whether there is or ever has been life on Mars, at least in microbial form. But despite plenty of effort – including orbiting missions and even rovers that have analysed its red rocks and soil – we have so far not managed to detect any conclusively.