The Mars that once was

Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars.

The team believe an asteroid triggered 150m-high waves when it plunged into an ocean thought to have existed on northern Mars three billion years ago.

Lomonosov crater in the planet’s northern plains fits the bill as the source of tsunami deposits identified on the surface.

Details were outlined at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

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They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old.

That is a time not long after the planet’s formation and hundreds of millions of years before what is currently accepted as evidence for the most ancient life yet found on Earth.

The researchers report their investigation in the journal Nature.

As with all such claims about ancient life, the study is contentious. But the team believes it can answer any doubts.

The scientists’ putative microbes from Quebec are one-tenth the width of a human hair and contain significant quantities of haematite – a form of iron oxide or “rust”.

Matthew Dodd, who analysed the structures at University College London, UK, claimed the discovery would shed new light on the origins of life.

“This discovery answers the biggest questions mankind has asked itself – which are: where do we come from and why we are here?

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Winston Churchill’s views on aliens revealed in lost essay:

Some of the top smartest people in the history of the modern world have bought into the concept of alien life somewhere else among us .. now revealed in essays and his own words: Churchill is among the crowd of believers ..

Dr Livio says the wartime leader reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of life on other planets.

Churchill defined life as the ability to “breed and multiply”, noting the importance of liquid water.

And more than 50 years before the discovery of exoplanets, he outlined what scientists now describe as the “habitable” or “Goldilocks” zone – the narrow region around a star where it is neither too hot nor too cold for life.

Winston Churchill’s views on aliens revealed in lost essay:

Some of the top smartest people in the history of the modern world have bought into the concept of alien life somewhere else among us .. now revealed in essays and his own words: Churchill is among the crowd of believers ..

Dr Livio says the wartime leader reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of life on other planets.

Churchill defined life as the ability to “breed and multiply”, noting the importance of liquid water.

And more than 50 years before the discovery of exoplanets, he outlined what scientists now describe as the “habitable” or “Goldilocks” zone – the narrow region around a star where it is neither too hot nor too cold for life.