TV science sensation Professor Brian Cox reckons the world is on the brink of discovering a real life Martian.
The physicist says NASA’s Perseverance rover – the car-sized space robot that has been scouring the surface of Mars for 18 months – could be about to find an alien life-form.
The craft – which has been touring the Red Planet collecting rock samples – has reached an ancient river delta where any sign of life is most likely to be found.
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Brian, 54, who presented the Wonders Of… TV science series, admitted the unmanned spacecraft was unlikely to come across an ET-style alien.
But he said he "wouldn’t be at all surprised’ if it unearthed a microbe in what would be a bombshell find that would rock the worlds of science and astronomy.
Brian told Saga magazine: "If you’re talking about complex life – UFOs and alien civilisations – most of the biologists I speak to think it’s highly unlikely.’’
But he went on: "The Perseverance rover which is on Mars at the moment will be collecting samples from an ancient river delta.
"And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we find signs of microbial life.’’
Perseverance landed on Mars on February 18 last year (2021) on a mission to collect rock and soil samples which may identify ancient Martian environments capable of supporting life.
Using a drill on the end of its robotic arm the six-wheeled craft has already collected 11 rock and one atmospheric sample.
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It has now travelled three miles across the planet to reach the Jezero Crater’s ancient river delta.
Dubbed `Three Forks’ by Nasa it is a 130ft-high fan-shaped collection of rocks and sediment formed where a Martian river met a crater lake billions of years ago.
The rover is expected to retrieve another eight rock samples from the now-dry river.
They should be returned to Earth by 2033 for analysis.
Perseverance project scientist Ken Farley: "We will look for signs of ancient life in the rocks at the base of the delta, rocks that we think were once mud on the bottom of Lake Jezero.
"We can take advantage of an ancient Martian river that brought the planet’s geological secrets to us.’’
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