Alien face superimposed over Mars surface
The Perseverance Rover might be our best chance at finding signs of life on Mars ever.

On February 18th, NASA’s Perseverance Rover officially set down on Mars, the conclusion of an eight month, $2.7 billion dollar journey. Perseverance’s primary mission? To find signs of ancient life on Mars.

NASA selected an ideal location to hunt for ancient life, landing in the Jezero Crater, a location strongly suspected to have once been home to a lake the size of Lake Tahoe.

Perseverance will hunt for sediment samples, but the rover lacks the capabilities to confirm signs of life remotely. A future voyage will have to collect the samples and return back to Earth, where they can be tested for signs of life.

Scientists say it’s our best shot at finding signs of life on the red planet ever. And should life actually be confirmed on our nearest neighbor, there would have major philosophical and theological implications.

Life on Mars

Should we discover that we’re not the sole inhabitants of the universe, many scientists agree that the discovery of Martian life would come to be known as a scientific turning point in human history - a genuine “before” and “after”, similar to how the paradigm shift of the Copernican Revolution is viewed now.

There’s also the question of how billions of religious people on Earth might take the news that our place in the cosmos isn’t quite so privileged. Would they embrace it? Would they even believe the news?

How would institutional religion handle such a discovery?

The BBC laid out the case that the world’s major faiths would actually respond positively to the news that we’re not alone.

“The Psalms, sacred to both Jews and Christians, claim that God has given names to all the stars,” the report argues. “According to the Talmud, God spends his night flying throughout 18,000 worlds. And Islam insists that “all things in the heavens and on the Earth” are Allah’s, as the Koran says, implying that his rule extends well beyond one tiny planet.”

After all, scientific discoveries like heliocentrism and the theory of evolution are, on their face, incompatible with certain theological doctrines, and that certainly didn’t eradicate religious belief.

In fact, many of the world’s faiths are ready to embrace extraterrestrials – and perhaps even convert them. In 2014, Pope Francis said he’d be happy to baptize aliens and would welcome them into the Catholic faith, acknowledging that they are “part of creation”.

Well, that certainly is an image.

What Happens Next?

Should Perseverance find life on Mars, it would likely blow the door wide open on our own perspective of our place in the universe. After all, if there once was life on our nearest neighbor, even if it’s miscrospic and long dead, then surely there must be life, potentially far more advanced, on the potentially billions of planets out there?

Many scientists believe that the news that we aren’t alone is inevitable, not a question of if, but when.

And while news of little green men from beyond the moon might be a long time away, confirmation of microscopic life once existing on Mars might just be imminent.

Should we get that confirmation, what do you think would happen? How would you react to the news of life on Mars?

47 comments

  1. Melinda Fulk's Avatar Melinda Fulk

    As my very wise physics professor once said, about 3 decades ago, when I asked if he believed in exterrestrial life: "There are more things under heaven than are dreamt of in our philosophy." I've always believed, having been a very early member of the Planetary Society. I see no disagreements between science and what was then my Christian faith. And I see even fewer disagreement now that I'm of the more pagan persuasion.

    1. Kurt William Gustav Matthies's Avatar Kurt William Gustav Matthies

      A physics professor who can quote Shakespeare is a wise man, indeed.

  1. James C Riggle's Avatar James C Riggle

    Yes, I believe there is life out there, but I do not think some religious folk would accept that. If the proof was right in front of them, I believe they would think it is evil—just my thoughts.

    1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

      If there was life 'Out there' I'd assume they would be looking for another inteligent life form....Yea...they'd take one look at this rock and say.....yea....NO....bad neighborhood....maybe something at the next rest stop.

      1. CB Cuff's Avatar CB Cuff

        Made my day! Especially the "intelligent life form" & "bad neighbour" bit. Ken Ham may already already be constructing a Space Ark.

  1. Daniel Gray's Avatar Daniel Gray

    Of course there are other life forms out there besides us. I mean for crying out loud they have found a gas on mars that can only come from decaying life forms. They have proved that we have life forms here on the earth that can live in the vacuum of space and the US Military has shown videos from attack planes that have ships that are going far faster then anything we have. Meaning that either there is a government somewhere on this planet that is as advanced above us as we are of the stone age, or they are from another planet.

    And why would God say there are many mansions in his home unless he was referring to aliens and again why would he use the term "make them in OUR image" unless he had done this before?

    The ONLY stupid idea in this is that some people think that everything in the universe was squashed down to the size of a head of a pin. Seems that violates newtons bedrock law of physics that says "an object in motion will stay in motion or an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside source" So tell me children, what was the outside source that supposedly caused your "big bang?"

  1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

    After years of earnest learning and observation, I have decided that what most closely would describe our universe's reality is that: the universe itself is "God". And, I can appreciate her being feminine, without being Pagan. My own life I live mostly like a monk.

  1. Brien's Avatar Brien

    700 quintillion, according to scientists, is the number that is used to quantify the number of planets, (that we can detect thru various methods), in the universe. Yes, there is a bit of guesswork on this, but only because our field of view is limited compared to the ENTIRE universe. It is the very definition of clinical denial to believe that we are the only form of life existing in the universe, or that we are the only intelligent life, or even that we have the only microbial life. The odds just do not even support that way of thinking. Now, is it going to be a scene from a sci fi movie? No, probably not. If we discover life elsewhere it will most likely be microbial. That does NOT mean that there is no intelligent life out there, it just means that we do not have the ability to discover it.....yet. peace

  1. The Gray Minister 's Avatar The Gray Minister

    I The Gray Pope believe there is not only is on this planet Earth as we humans call it

    I read a book a while back by a new faith called Raelians The leader relayed a message from a creator named Yawah the Hebrews call him The Lord as there God The book is called Intelligent Design by rael and it was free to read at rael.org

    Wow it opened my eyes to a new way of think Even though i changed my thoughts of a God but to a Higher Power that is in a higher realm and works threw us but ill stop there of what i think

    But i believe there are lots of Extraterrestrial’s out there

    I think we are mixed with them in ways

    I think when it comes to live Like the story says Adam was made from the earth Makes me think the human dna was already here when The Elohim the group Of scientific explorers that came from far away and started this planet be recreating life from there planet

    But yes what will people do

    Like Jesus Hes to come back some day right?

    So if he shows up in a huge UFO what will the people do?

    I will bow and say hi but to some people he will be seen as the Anti Christ But if he does show that way and they dont except him then youll see him in death and have to deal with the fact that you rejected him But Yes we are not alone

  1. Catherine Ohrin-Greipp's Avatar Catherine Ohrin-Greipp

    I am amazed about no mention of the ancient Sumerian Clay tablets, Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish texts and the published research of Zecharia Sitchen. Anyone who thinks we are the only species on planet Earth is living in an alternate reality. Ever hear of the Arcturians or Anunnaki? The Anunnaki are in the Christian historical bible. Read the Book of Ezekiel as well as the Book of Enoch. We have never been alone. Ever hear of the Greys? Ever hear of the groundbreaking work of Dr. John Mack, Harvard Psychiatrist and his research? Ever hear of the "Phoenix Lights" or the US Navy's release of the "Tic Tac" encounters or the WWII pilot encounters with the "Foo Fighers"? Wake up people. How old is Earth? Jeeze. We are not alone.

  1. Ronaldo's Avatar Ronaldo

    Science has postulated that life began and failed on Earth multiple times before it managed to survive and multiply. If we find life on Mars, it will not likely be an advanced space-faring civilization living underground. It could as easily be microscopic life that never advanced beyond that stage, even when Mars had water and an oxygen atmosphere. There could be life on many planets that never got past one-celled organisms. We have primitive life-forms on our own planet that violate our previous rules regarding livable environments. The bacteria and tube worms that live near deep undersea volcanic vents are such examples. Prior to their discovery, our scientific consensus was that no life could tolerate such conditions, and yet, there they were.

  1. George D Maycott's Avatar George D Maycott

    God is not wasteful, why would he create life on Earth and let the rest of the universe go to waste.

    1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

      George, sometimes the comments dont get posted til the next day. Dont know why.

  1. George D Maycott's Avatar George D Maycott

    God is not wasteful, why would he put man on Earth and let the rest of the universe go to waste,

  1. Richard James Clay's Avatar Richard James Clay

    The existence of 'ET's' is not a matter of belief, it is a matter of fact. How arrogant, and self-important must a person be to 'believe' we are the only creatures in a universe 14-billion years old? Governments of all nations have photographic, cinematic, and first hand testimony of thousands of individuals who have endured one of the 5-'Close Encounters.' One doesn't "believe" in 'ET's' any more than one believes in the Sun...it's THERE. Beliefs are not facts. Beliefs are not reality. Beliefs exist ONLY in the mind of the believer. It is very helpful to be able to distinguish the difference between a belief, and a fact.

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    BELIEVE IN GOOD, FAIRNESS, KINDNESS,LOVE,HAPPINESS,and WHATs REALLY THE BEST for YOUR FAMILY and YOUR COUNTRY, NOT THE HYPE that RELIGIOUS FANATICS and POLITICIANS SPAT UPON YOU, DO YOU HAVE a MIND to THINK or ARE YOU SO WEAK YOU ONLY FOLLOW, OFCOURSE I BELIEVE in OTHER LIFE, JUST LOOK UP on A CLEAR NIGHT, FOOLs !

  1. John P Maher's Avatar John P Maher

    ALL GOD'S CHILLIN are WE, IS PERSON, A SPIRIT, AN ALIEN LIFE COULD HE, GOD that IS ! is HE a HE ?

    1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

      Send me some of whatever you are smokin dude.

      1. Alexander Clarke's Avatar Alexander Clarke

        I think it is against the law to send it through the mails. You can probably get it on a nearby street corner.

  1. Ty Ford's Avatar Ty Ford

    Are There Other Life Forms in the Universe?

    Sure. The people we call "the dead" are right here on earth and VERY close to us. We just have great difficulty perceiving them because we are only able to handle four dimensions and science has let us know that there are at least 10 dimensions. The dead are mostly in those other six dimensions. Occasionally they break through, but it's rare and not for very long due to the amount if energy it takes.

    1. Dennis Wayne Starr's Avatar Dennis Wayne Starr

      Yes and if you draw a pentagram on the floor and shake chicken bones and chant while naked under a full moon smoking a large reefer then you too can see and talk with them.

      1. Ty Ford's Avatar Ty Ford

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      2. Ty Ford's Avatar Ty Ford

        Meow! And thanks for helping me make my point flatlander!

        https://www.schaetter.com/obituary/dennis-starr

        1. Dennis Wayne Starr's Avatar Dennis Wayne Starr

          Not me dunce. Amazing that you have so much time on your hand that you would search the net for any similar name and try and use that as justification for your gobbledygook. Mr Ford please seek some mental health evaluation. According to this branch of theoretical physics (NO Proof), ("some" physicists who subscribe to string theory ( an unproven unifying theory) there are at least 10 dimensions of space, most of which are impossible for humans to perceive. Gee this was fun.

          1. Ty Ford's Avatar Ty Ford

            Thanks, Reverend. Keep at it!!

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Christians aren’t going to like it if signs of life are found anywhere else but on Earth. It will be just one more piece of evidence proving the the word of God, the Bible, is wrong. The Belgium priest who is responsible for the Big Bank proved the story of Genesis in the Bible is all wrong.

    1. Rev. Forrrest's Avatar Rev. Forrrest

      Some Christians do interpret the Bible as literally true. Others view it through a contextualist lens. They understand that the writings were humans' efforts to explain their world. They used historical accounts, metaphor, irony, similies, accounts of visions and dreams, and allegories. Those literary forms, coupled with limitations of human knowledge must be considered when analyzing the Bible. Assuming the Big Bang Theory were accurate, it wouldn't prove that God isn't real. It would, however, underscore humanity's inability to fully understand and describe God's essence.

      1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

        If the Bible is the word of God. And the Bible gives us an account of how God made everything, and everything was good. Why was God wrong? Seems to me God should know how God made things.

  1. John Norris Campbell's Avatar John Norris Campbell

    What a fun and thought provoking idea!...BUT!! First we must all pretend that the technolgy available in the 1960's ACTUALLY carried men to the moon, not once but 6 round trips! I know it happened "because I saw it on T.V"....LOL!!...NOW NASA (Hebrew for "to decieve") tells us that they somehow 'lost' all the telemetry data and every single copy of ANY EVIDENCE of this thing ever happining...NOW they all tell us that humans can only achieve "low earth orbit" because there is a radition belt one needs to move through that would kill not only humans but also electronics...AND THEN...LOL!!! they tell us that because they did'nt 'know' about this dangerous radition belt back in the 60's it did't effect any of the Apollo missions!...Can't make this stuff up!! So for the last 50 years, NASA has been RIPPING off the American Tax Payer to the tune of 54 BILLION dollars a year....What do we actually have to show for it??? Supposedly 'velcrow' and a pen that writes upside down....Totally worth it!!...Not one "astro-NOT' was willing to swear on a bible that what they said happened actually happened...ONLY because they were/are all military men sworn to secrecy by our government....Soooo yea ,Ya'll believe (purely, and absolutly BY FAITH ALONE) Ya'll's "other life forms" must exist...due mainly to comic books written back in the 50's and ANYTHING George Lucas Made....IDIOTS

    1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

      I sincerely hope you are not serious(?!) My keyboard dous not have an interabang.

    2. Tom's Avatar Tom

      Someone's been reading too many pseudoscience conspiracy theories...

    3. Dennis Wayne Starr's Avatar Dennis Wayne Starr

      I sure hope that your sterile.

    4. Doc Michael Pepper's Avatar Doc Michael Pepper

      Sometimes the answer to a "mystery" is actually very simple. Usually you just need to follow the money. NASA did not actually "lose" the moon tapes. An investigation determined they simply reused the tapes and wrote over the moon mission footage. We're often accused of "RIPPING off the American Tax Payer" so we do our best to save money where we can, even if years later it sure appears we were a penny wise and a pound foolish. Also, not "all" has been lost. There was a back up recording base in Australia with a set of tapes. However reading the tapes was a different story. An engineer was sent to an Australian museum to recover an old tape reader which he managed to repair. The nice footage you see on the documentarys today is from the Australian tapes. Now the radiation belt was a "danger" in the Apollo days, and remains a danger today. The "danger" is a function of "time". A quick pass through the belt might fry some electronics (or might not) but lingering in the belt greatly increases the risk. The "radiation time" of any astronaut in space is monitored (with a special badge) and when they hit a certain amount they are grounded. Even so, they have increased their risk of dying of cancer. Sally Ride, our first American woman astronaut died of cancer. Heroines like her are spending their lives to help improve our lives. I just kind of think Jesus would have approved.

  1. Clifford's Avatar Clifford

    I’m more worried about those Alien to God here on Earth.

  1. Pamela Kay Waters's Avatar Pamela Kay Waters

    I believe there is and or was life out there like us and humans ended up killing that world just as the humans are killing this world.

  1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

    All the answers are out there. You just have to string together otherwise separate stories. The pebble theory of planet creation says the ingredients for life, especially water is likely quite abundant everywhere.

    The shear distances involved between worlds makes migration quite difficult and time-consuming, if possible at all.

    Life as we know it exists by consuming other life. Survival of the fittest. For every long life, hundreds if not thousands perish. Most without acquiring a real growth of awareness.

    Same with planets. Some are warm and moist. Probly very many if not most. But they are no match to random and routine stellar events that doom that planets unique biodiversity to spacedust.

    A fraction of the worlds will develope a self aware species that will look to the stars and wonder if they are alone.

    A few may make it to other worlds.

    Many believe that "god" was an astronaut.

    Do you believe the human race is currently hurtling toward a bright and optomistic future? Everything anyone has ever loved or owned, is worthless as spacedust.

    IF. If its possible to cheat physics and travel at relativistic speeds. Would you let yourself be caught dead in a world like ours?

  1. Mark Christopher High's Avatar Mark Christopher High

    The Sumerian clay tablets tell of interactions with Anu, Ea, Enki, from another world. The stories of Enoch, and Egyptian god, Ra, and many others tell similar encounters. Isaiah declared the head of the gods sits upon the circle of the earth (orbit). We have been trying to reclaim knowledge we have lost. We have only been conscious of our position in the cosmos for a moment. But, tribes around the globe have astronomical knowledge that they, themselves could not have aquired. Such as the Aboriginees of Australia. It is easy for contemporary people to think they are superior, but one day, “That which they had not considered will be told them.”

  1. Marquita Phyllis Greig's Avatar Marquita Phyllis Greig

    Hello, I believe God has created life through out the universe. It is arrogant to think that we are it. Who said we were the only ones. We are probably not the first nor the last. God creates.

  1. John Casillo's Avatar John Casillo

    FOR POSITIVE PEOPLE....IT IS A NICE THOUGHT TO IMAGINE.....IN THE END....IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER....SPEND ONE'S TIME MENDING ONES OWN FENCES....CAUSE LOOKING OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE YOU CANNOT CHANGE....IT IS NOT YOURS.......REV JOHN

  1. Marius Gabriel Burja's Avatar Marius Gabriel Burja

    Come to Suspicious 0bservers channel on YouTube. I will see you in the clouds. The sooner the better.

  1. Richard Lee Cornell's Avatar Richard Lee Cornell

    Life is out there and if it comes to earth it will not be friendly. Two things could happen, our germs kills it right off or its germs kill us. If it lands and sees 8 billion humans it might come to gather us up and bring us to their world. Not as sight seekers, but as food. We would do the same to find new worlds that have a lot of wealth and sources of food. If something does land on this planet that makes our religions worthless. Were not made in the God's image, nor the only life in the universe and everything so told us in Holy Scriptures is rubbish. When it comes to Mars, water has not been seen on that rock for billions of years let alone micros.

    1. William Waugh's Avatar William Waugh

      Negative on the dry Mars.thingie. South Pole has very large icy saline lake and at least three less salty lakes under it and the actions of its two largest moons, wait for it, keeps Mars' core hot.

  1. Alexander Clarke's Avatar Alexander Clarke

    How arrogant can someone be to think that we are the only intelligent life form in the universe.

  1. Daniel J. Trebas's Avatar Daniel J. Trebas

    I would agree to an extent. I believe every "thing" and every "one" is a microcosmic fractal of the one source, or "God". However, the ultimate macrocosmic of the One extends beyond the limits of 4th dimensional time; which is dependent on the experiential foundation of "duality". Whether the manifest duality is at the magnetic levels or in the more complex structures identified as male/female, light/darkness, and even the multiple definitions of good/evil. As such, the totality of the One God could not be labeled as being limited to only one of the two polarities needed to manifest a timely experience. So, I would have to say that the One God is neither male nor female while, in time based "reality", is manifest as both; oh- and the same for "good" and "evil" (to believe the popular lie that "good" will ultimately destroy all "evil" would be the same as thinking that a time based experience could somehow continue without the polarities needed to manifest it AND that God would destroy all the fractal pieces needed for God to manifest within the 4th dimension. Namaste.

  1. Daniel J. Trebas's Avatar Daniel J. Trebas

    The "terrible twos" is the stage of adjustment when a little child is realizing that everything is not all about them and that sometimes they have to have their needs put on hold for the good of the larger group the child is part of. It seems much of humanity hasn't made it past the Terrible Twos when it comes to acknowledging, accepting, and then further learning from the more advanced "parental" life forms beyond this planet.

  1. Christian's Avatar Christian

    Yes of course. We can look at our own world and every possible place life can exist, is covered and coated in all forms of life... The rest of the universes wet planets will behave in a similar way. Milkyway Galaxy is only one galaxy of billi9ns of galaxies, filled with trillions of stars, orbited by even more countless worlds.

    SPACE IS BIG.

    Really, really Big !

  1. Richard Albert Heyse's Avatar Richard Albert Heyse

    The forces of the universe has created many life forms on different planets. Who knows, maybe life on other worlds may be in spiritual form which cannot be seen with our physical eye.

    Rev. Richard

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