A few days ago, a former NASA researcher identified as Gilbert Levinque, announced that thanks to the Viking missions, sent to Mars in 1975, evidence of life on that planet could be found.
However, it was not long before the US space agency came out to give its version on these statements, and it was Allard Beutel, a NASA spokesperson, who responded through an email sent to Fox News.
"The collective general opinion of the vast majority of the scientific community does not believe that the results of the Viking mission experiments alone reach the level of extraordinary evidence," Beutel said in the document.RELATED
"One of NASA's key objectives is the search for life in the Universe. Although we still have to find signs of extraterrestrial life, NASA is exploring the Solar System and beyond to help us answer fundamental questions, including whether we are alone in the Universe ”he added.
In addition, he stressed that for this purpose the space agency directs scientific missions to Mars, Enceladus (Saturn satellite) and Europe (Jupiter satellite) and seeks bio-signatures in the atmosphere of planets outside the Solar System.
In this way, the NASA spokesman refuted the statements of Levinque, who said he was convinced that they found evidence of life on Mars in the 1970s, by claiming that the Viking Lander mission detected the first concrete test of biological life outside of our planet.
That space mission, in which Gilbert participated, took samples of the Martian soil, and the results seemed to indicate that carbon dioxide was "being regenerated, possibly by microorganisms like on Earth."
However, unable to detect signs of organic matter, the experiment concluded that he had found a substance that "mimicked life, but is not life."