Martian meteorites suggest that little green men may live below the surface, or if not little men, that rudimentary life forms and microbes may be present on Mars. Today, a collaborative study by the University of Aberdeen, the University of Glasgow, the Brock University in Ontario, and the University of Western Ontario have released news that traces of methane can be found in volcanic rocks, also known as Martian meteorites, from the Red Planet. This evidence of Martian meteorites containing methane corroborates methane discoveries in 2014. However, the angle of the research is different since the existence of methane does not necessarily indicate that it was created by living organisms, as the theory in late 2014 suggested.
Although there is no evidence that there is, in fact, life, the new research brought to us on Martian meteorites suggests that there may be life, but not like in the movie, Contact. NASA and the United States are not yet searching for a brave soul to make contact with the unknown. Sadly, for those wanting more, these Martian meteorites only offer hints of the possible existence of life.
The theory that little green men may live below the surface is far more plausible than extraterrestrials living on the Martian surface for many reasons. First, the atmosphere is primarily composed of 95.32 percent carbon dioxide, 2.7 percent nitrogen, 1.6 percent argon, .13 percent oxygen and .08 percent carbon monoxide. The atmosphere on the surface of Mars has a very thin layer of air – 100 times thinner than the Earth’s surface – which makes it difficult to sustain complex living organisms. Additionally, the surface of Mars is susceptible to dust and has long-lasting dust storms that cover the entire planet.
Another reason that makes Mars an unlikely planet to sustain life for humans and animals is that Mars has Arctic temperatures, due to its location far from the sun. The temperature on Mars ranges between minus 195 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The question about water and how much water exists on Mars is another challenge when evaluating the existence of life. Evidence points to water having existed on the planet about 3.8 billion years ago, yet the planet has significantly cooled over time. Although scientists are trying to find a way to stabilize the atmosphere on the Red Planet in order to maintain heat, and therefore, provide for the flow of water in the warmer atmosphere, progress is far from tangible.
These newly studied Martian meteorites present the idea that there may be life underneath the Martian surface. This concept is intriguing because humans across all cultures want to know with extreme certainty if they are the only beings in the universe or whether there are additional life forms.
In April 2015, after Calbuco’s volcano explosion in Chile, there were sightings of two Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) entering the volcano area. In 2013, there were wide sightings of a UFO entering the Popocatepetl Volcano in Mexico after it erupted. This sighting was one of a series of sightings since 2012. These sightings are among countless anecdotes of UFOs near volcanoes around the world. UFO’s are any type of unidentified objects, which at times they are later identified as balloons, airships or drones.
UFOs related to extraterrestrial life are seen to some degree as mythical or unproven science. However, the fact that so many sightings have existed near volcanoes could potentially suggest that life underneath the surface could exist. Martian meteorites suggest that little green men may live below the surface, and that maybe not just the Martian subsurface is inhabitable, but also Earth’s. This large, hypothetical idea gives the mystery of UFOs rising and diving into volcanoes a new perspective.
By Olivia Uribe-Mutal
Edited by Jennifer Pfalz
The Christian Science Monitor – Methane discovered in Martian meteorites: A sign of life?
Astronomy Magazine – Scientists find methane in Martian meteorites
Huffington Post – UFO Appears To Deliberately Enter Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano (VIDEO)
CTV News – Methane detected in meteorites adds fuel to life on Mars theories
Methane Found on Martian Meteorites Tips Possibility of Life
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