Originally Posted by iARDAs
Not 100% related to the topic but I fail to understand the reason why there must be water in a planet for that planet to have living organisms or aliens if you will... Many scientists just write off life on a planet if there isn't water.
Can't other organisms have different means of survivaiL?
back on topic, I wish instead of fighting each other, we would attempt on exploring the universe further. Hopefully this news can do that.
Life and chemistry is so complex that it is virtually impossible to determine what other possible methods there are. It is much easier to know the end result and trace back to the beginning than it is to start at the beginning and figure out what the end result would be.
There are millions upon millions of different ways in which atoms and energy could interact, and only maybe 5 of them would result in viable lifeforms. Therefore, it is much easier and more productive to search based on what we know is possible rather than to waste our time on a 1 in a million possibility. If an accidental discovery is made, we change our viewpoints then. Such is the way of science.
I doubt this news would do anything to change things. Conflicts are almost always over resources, and Mars is too far away to get resources from. In addition, we don't even know what resources are available on Mars.