The news came out yesterday. This is from PhysOrg: Curiosity rover finds conditions once suited for ancient life on Mars. One brief excerpt will give you the general idea:
An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month.
Also, the news is up at the NASA website. Their press release dated yesterday is titled: NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars . It says:
“A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “From what we know now, the answer is yes.”
But those materialist Darwinist scientists can’t fool that noted astrobiologist, David Klinghoffer. His reaction —NASA: Past Habitability of Mars Is “In the Bag” — is posted at the blog of the Discoveroids. Both he and they are described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
A month ago we surveyed the positions of a few major creationist outfits, including the Discoveroids, on the possibility of life on other worlds. Some grudgingly admit that it’s possible, others dismiss the idea altogether. Perhaps that’s because although scripture mentions the “sun, the moon, and the stars,” it provides no substantive information about them. Planets aren’t even referred to as being different from stars. The New Testament never even mentions the planets, and the Old Testament mentions them only once, in a negative reference to priests who “burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets.”
That pretty much leaves the creationists free to make up whatever they want, and their positions are inconsistent. See Creationists & Life on Other Worlds, and also ICR’s New Position on Alien Life. The Discoveroids are pretty much committed to the “life on Earth only” dogma. Consistent with that, Klinghoffer says, with bold font added by us and his links omitted:
NASA is trumpeting news from the Curiosity rover that newly analyzed Martian rock gives evidence that the planet, billions of years ago, was hospitable to life.
The fools! Klinghoffer is no stranger to this issue (see Klinghoffer: Life on Mars Is a Darwinist Fantasy). Then he purports to quote John Grotzinger from Caltech:
Grotzinger said Curiosity’s scientists will focus on the systematic search for organic carbon now that they had “the issue of habitability in the bag.”
In response, Klinghoffer says:
“In the bag”? That sounds rather over-confident, given the challenges of chemical evolution, don’t you think? Have a quick read of Casey Luskin’s “Top Five Problems with Current Origin-of-Life Theories.” And that’s on a planet we know with certainty to have been capable of sustaining life.
He cites Casey as an authority. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Klinghoffer’s final paragraph is a real gem:
Let’s quiet down a bit, space agency. If your pre-reading age kids sometimes play with magnetic letters, they’ve got the “elemental ingredients” in hand (in the bag?) to produce a Shakespearean sonnet. But don’t go home expecting to find “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” spelled out on the refrigerator door.
So there you are. Who ya gonna believe — NASA or the Discoveroids?
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