Could it be true that NASA did indeed find evidence of life on Mars—in the 1970s? According to a recent eye-opening op-ed, by a scientist formerly associated with NASA—yes!
Gilbert Levin, the convinced scientist and author of the op-ed articles, was attached to the 1970’s Viking missions that traveled to and explored the Red Planet of Mars. Levin stated that, from the data obtained from the Labeled Release (LR) of 1976, he was supportive of the possibility of finding life on Mars.
In his op-ed, which he entitled “I’m Convinced We Found Evidence of Life on Mars in the 1970s,” Levin wrote:
“On July 30, 1976, the LR returned its initial results from Mars. Amazingly, they were positive.”
Levin stated that as the expedition continued, there were four results that proved positive, and were verified by five different controls. The information was streamed from the two Viking spacecraft that were positioned an estimated 4,000 miles apart.
Data detected the type of microbial respiration that was similarly seen in LR tests of the soil here on Earth. So, it would seem that the ultimate question of the universe was answered back in the 1970s.
NASA was contacted by Fox News, to secure a comment on Levin’s story and claims.
Levin appeared to criticize the agency for their not following up on the findings of the LR. NASA had concluded that it:
“…found a substance mimicking life, but not life.”
For reasons that can’t be fathomed, for the subsequent 43 years since the Viking findings, NASA has chosen to not include life detection instruments aboard its Mars landers, even after the exciting results of the LR.
However, NASA announced last November that it had indeed picked out a landing spot for a 2020 Mars mission. The rover, for this Mars landing, is being reported the be including “a life-detection test.”