Scientific American: Searching for Life in Martian Water Will Be Very, Very Tricky

Scientific American has an interesting article online about the problems inherent in searching for life on Mars.

The areas most likely to contain some form of life are also those where stowaway earthly organisms are most likely to survive. Sterilization of robotic craft seems next to impossible. With human explorers, it’s hopeless. So the dilemma is that the areas mostly likely to yield something of interest are the ones we most want to avoid due to fear of contamination.


I agree.