What About Martian Life? – by Bruce Malone

NASA has sent four roving laboratories (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity) to Mars over the last 15 years to roam on the planet’s surface – primarily looking for signs of life.  Nothing but dust, rocks, and small amounts of water has been found.  Whenever water is found (or assumed to exist) on any planet, it is widely proposed that life could have developed, all by itself, in this location.  We have spent in excess of 10 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation) looking for life on our neighboring planet.  In actually, is it absolutely impossible for any form of life to develop from non-living chemicals (our center article and featured DVD both highlight a few of the reasons).  Yet it is possible that Curiosity could find signs of life on Mars.  So how could this happen?

During the flood of Noah our solar system was being pounded by asteroids (the craters on our moon provide evidence for this event).   These asteroids could have come from a planetary collision in the area between Mars and Saturn (known as the asteroid belt).  Some scientists even debate if that event kicked off the worldwide flood described in the Bible as an asteroid hit the earth causing “all the fountains of the great deep broke up” (Genesis7:11).

It is widely acknowledged that meteorites from Mars were blasted away from the planet’s surface and ended up here on earth. A Martian meteorite is a rock that formed on the planet Mars, was ejected from Mars by the impact of an asteroid or comet, and landed on the Earth.  Of the 61,000 meteorites that have been found on Earth, 114 were identified as Martian (as of January 9, 2013). These meteorites are thought to be from Mars because they have elemental and isotopic compositions that are similar to rocks and atmosphere gases analyzed by spacecraft on Mars.* Since rocks from Mars are acknowledged as having landed here on Earth…why couldn’t rocks from Earth have landed on Mars during this same period of catastrophic upheaval?  These Earth fragments could also have carried microbes or some of the chemicals from living Earth organisms onto the Red Planet.  If/when such chemicals are found, the better explanation for them is an origin from Earth (where God formed the only life known to exist in the entire universe), not the random chance formation of life upon Mars.