[FPSPACE] Viking results re-evaluated (Levin and Straat think life was confirmed)
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Sat Oct 22 12:18:11 EDT 2016
One prominent proponent of this view is Gilbert Levin, Experimenter of the
Viking LR experiment. At first, Levin thought that the LR results were
unclear, and stated merely that the results were consistent with biology.
However, in 1997, after many years of further experiments on Earth, along
with new discoveries on Mars (which NASA has now declared "habitable"), and
the discovery of microorganisms living under conditions on Earth as severe
as those on Mars, he and his Viking Co-Experimenter, Dr. Patricia A. Straat,
have argued that the Mars results are best explained by living organisms.
Levin and Straat also talk about their shunning by other astrobiologists as
well following their 1997 conclusions.
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