Unveiling of "the Mars rock" at 1996 NASA press conference. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Unveiling of “the Mars rock” at 1996 NASA press conference.
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

 

Back in 1996, I had the inside scoop about a rock from outer space.

The claim of biogenic evidence for the rock star that is meteorite ALH84001 – possible indication of long-gone, fossil bacteria and chemical traces that might have come from bacteria on Mars.

 

For a reflective view on this saga, go to my new SpaceNews article describing the event:

http://www.spacenewsmag.com/feature/remembering-a-big-scoop-%E2%80%A8about-a-small-rock/

Meteoritic Mother of Invention: The Mars rock, ALH84001. Credit: NASA

Meteoritic Mother of Invention: The Mars rock, ALH84001.
Credit: NASA

Over the years, the speculative view that the Mars meteorite was a carrier of possible Martian fossils is still under dispute.

Electron microscope studies revealed chain structures in meteorite fragment ALH84001. Credit: NASA

Electron microscope studies revealed chain structures in meteorite fragment ALH84001.
Credit: NASA

 

One Response to “Remembering the Rock of Ages: A Slice of Mars Life”

  • wade sisler says:

    I was in the audience, in the back, wide-eyed detailee from the Ames Research Center. Very privileged to be in the Goddard studio during Thursdays organic material / methane update last Thursday and ask the scientists what their off the record bet was on the origin of the methane – life or no life?

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