Well the Phoenix lander has, well, landed on Mars. And it is, well, on a mission. To search for evidence of life (OK, that is not the only part of the mission, but it is the coolest part).
And it is time to place bets. Who out there thinks they will find some sort of evidence for life and how strong will that evidence be?
I for one think there will be life on Mars somewhere. And the Polar regions are not such a bad place to look for evidence of past or present life on the planet. Not sure what others out there think overall but here is some stuff from the web to consider:
Oliver Morton, my favorite Martian Blogger (interpret that however you want) says at MainlyMartian:
Having witnessed two Mars lander failures, Mars Polar Lander before this blog was even born and Beagle-2 back when it was young and active (Landing and prelanding in the December 2003 archive, and the whole sad story in the Beagle-2 archive), and having been absent for all the other attempts that have proved successful, it seemed to me only prudent not to cover the landing of Phoenix this weekend
Oliver also points to a "In the field" blog from Eric Hand.
Neil Saunders says:
If there ever was (or is?) microbial life there, Phoenix has a pretty good shot at finding the signs.Others out there I am sure have more to say. What do you think?
(1) Is there life on Mars now?
(2) Was there ever life on Mars?
(3) Will Phoenix find and positive evidence?