Two rather substantial pieces of news have hit over the past few days, both of which concern long theorized ideas of life existing beyond the planet Earth. The first story is a report from NASA outlining the discovery of vast blankets of gypsum covering the surface of Mars; gypsum being just one of several other phosphates that are considered to be strong evidence that there is probably water somewhere on the planet. And if there's water, then there's also a fighting chance that life, no matter how simple the form, either once existed or currently does exist on the Red Planet.

The second story is even more interesting. For the first time ever, astronomers have been able to detect not only ice, but organic compounds on an asteroid hurtling through space. The asteroid in question, 24 Themis, is not itself bound for a collision with Earth (it's stuck in an orbit between Mars and Jupiter), but the discovery of a thin coating of frost that keeps replenishing itself from a well of water ice as well as detectable portions of carbon-containing material are proof that the theory that life on Earth was seeded by asteroids bearing the makings for carbon-based life forms is indeed a plausible one. Note that organic compounds are not the same thing as organic materials; so, no, 24 Themis does not have little green men swimming below its shield of ice; it just means the theory of exogenesis/panspermia (the Wiki of which is where the above image comes from) is a credible one.

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