Mars attacks, again?

When it comes to the possibility of life on Mars feelings run sky high, as the correspondence following our news item of Feb. 22nd testifies. Apparently, NASA's official stance on the evidence of life obtained so far do not point to its existence. Our resident Mars expert, Dr. Dan McCleese, Chief Scientist of the Mars Program at JPL, sends us this: However, European researchers are confident that life will be discovered there, however primitive, while recent results from experiments in the Atacama desert also point to the possibility albeit from a terrestrial perspective. Now, the strongest evidence yet that life could exist on Mars, a sea of ice near the planet's equator, has been observed by the European Mars Express spacecraft. The sea appears to have bubbled up from an aquatic layer beneath the surface. Researchers believe this sea may provide the right conditions for Martian microbes.