ALIEN microbes living just below the Martian soil are responsible for a haze of methane around the Red Planet, Nasa scientists believe.
The gas, belched in vast quantities in our world by cows, was detected by orbiting spacecraft and from Earth using giant telescopes.
Nasa are today expected to confirm its presence during a briefing at their Washington HQ.
And the find is seen as exciting new evidence that Martian microbes are still alive today.
Some scientists reckon methane is also produced by volcanic processes. But there are NO known active volcanoes on Mars.
Furthermore, Nasa has found the gas in the same regions as clouds of water vapour, the vital “drink” needed to support life.
If this proves to be true, as seems ever more likely, what does this mean to Christian and Jewish doctrine, especially fundamentalist Christians? If Mars has life it’s likely that those planets around other stars have life and that some of them have developed into intelligent life…do they need salvation? Did our sin affect only us or all life in the universe? If they need salvation was the sacrafice of Christ sufficient for them as well? If we encounter them how will we respond with our divine revelations and how will we respond to their divine revelations?