Piers Bizony

The rivers of Mars

For a long time people have wondered about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, and in particular on Mars. In The rivers of Mars Piers Bizony surveys some of the evidence for such life. The first part of the book looks at what was found by the Viking landers, followed by what we have learnt from meteorites from Mars such a ALH84001. The later part of the book considers the more general questions about life in the universe. I've a feeling that the book might not be detailed enough for some readers - at times it seemed a bit rough and ready - but there's a list of further reading for those wishing to study the subject further.

The book was published in 1997, and so doesn't deal with the more recent missions to Mars. However, it was the Viking landers which were sent to search for life - later missions have had more limited aims. In particular they have been trying to clear up some of the confusion from the Viking results. This book gives a good account of how this confusion arose, and of the arguments within NASA about what they meant. So if you think that life on Mars has been pretty much ruled out, then you should take a look at this book to see that in fact the situation is much less certain.

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In July 1996, a NASA team led by David McKay and Everett Gibson announced the discovery of fossilized traces of microbial life in ALH84001, a meteorite from Mars recovered from the Antarctic. Skeptics insist that the life-like chemical traces found in the meteorite could have been formed by non-biological processes; but most scientists on both sides of the debate agree that the organic compounds, life-derived or not, did originate on Mars.-- How did the meteorite arrive on earth? How was its age determined?-- What makes the scientists so sure it came from Mars?-- What might the findings tell us about life on our own world?