I don’t know why this story hasn’t gotten more attention in the mainstream media. This National Geographic article summarizes the experiments done by Voyager 1 and 2 in 1976 that showed strong evidence of microbial life in the Martian soil.
For some reason, NASA hasn’t done experiments with any of the later probes to confirm and then image what the microbes actually are or what they look like. :dubious: I would have thought this would have been one of the biggest stories of the 20th century but it went nowhere. Maybe the government and science believed in 1976 that people just couldn’t handle the news of even the tinniest Martian life.
It is only a recent reanalysis of the data by top scientists that confirms they almost certainly found life back then that drew any attention to it again. There is another probe headed to Mars soon but it doesn’t have a microscope to image whatever it is either. The best it can do is another indirect confirmation. Mind-boggling.
Were you aware of this at all? I only heard about it a couple of weeks ago and I have always followed science news fairly closely.