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On the Question of the Mars Meteorite

Recent Scientific Papers on ALH 84001 Explained, with Insightful
and Totally Objective Commentaries

63rd Meeting of the Meteoritical Society
Presentations Related to Martian Meteorite ALH 84001
31st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
30th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Mars Exploration Program and Sample Return Missions
Archive of Papers and Presentations Related to Martian Meteorite ALH 84001

A team of scientists recently announced that they believe they have found evidence for ancient microbacterial life in a chunk of meteorite that came from the planet Mars. The startling news would be the first discovery of any form of life off the Earth. It could revolutionize our thoughts on the probability of life arising elsewhere in our solar system and the universe beyond, especially in the light of recent news about planetlike bodies detected around other stars.

As with many groundbreaking discoveries, the initial evidence raises more questions than it answers. We have compiled this Web resource to answer some basic questions about Mars and its meteorites and to encourage further questions, discussions, and research on such a vital topic. It contains many links to other information on the Web and in print. Feedback to treiman@lpi.usra.edu is welcome.

What about this Meteorite? | What is the Evidence for Life? | Technical Discussions | References | Links for Other Sites | Further Reading

For gruesome, unbelievably technical details about the martian meteorites,
visit the Mars Meteorite Compendium.

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