« Oldest Recorded Supernova | Main | Planet-Sized Object as Cool as Earth Revealed in Record-Breaking Photo »

October 24, 2011

Taking the Temperature of Ancient Mars

A meteorite blasted off the surface of Mars, ALH 84001, was found to have fossilized microbes in it. Until recently it was unknown the fossils were caused by actual life or just heat and various weather impacts. Because of a new theory developed by John Eiler, however, it has been implied that the formation temperature of ALH 84001 is only 18 degrees celsius. Given this temperature, ancient Mars may have had a cooler climate than originally suspected.

Posted by dhurvitz at October 24, 2011 05:16 PM


Wow! I guess that means we have found evidence of ancient extraterrestrial life. What a discovery.

Posted by: halljo at October 25, 2011 01:53 PM

The research states that ancient mars was 18 degrees;it was not too cold or too hot. That temperature suggests that there was the potential of life on mars! I wonder what astronomers will discover when they find ALH 84001's launch site.

Posted by: brendaac at October 25, 2011 02:36 PM

I wonder when they will discover whether or not the fossils are significant evidence for life

Posted by: derbach at October 27, 2011 03:15 PM

I like how this relates to our current unit, learning about the planets. This gives us more insight on ancient Mars and could possibly help in determining if there was life on Mars

Posted by: aguneet at October 28, 2011 10:22 AM

Login to leave a comment. Create a new account.