Monday, December 4, 2023


Do you believe evidence of life will be found on Mars in the next five years?

You’ve probably heard that the Perseverance Rover is currently up on Mars looking for life (and how neat is that?). Have you seen the photos? It looks like it could be any desert on Earth – it’s wild. See some of the photos and learn more about the expedition here.

Anyway, do you think the Perseverance will be successful in finding life? Or do you think it will find evidence of past life? Please vote in the poll below. We’d also love to hear your thoughts in the comments. (A few of us here on the staff are big outer-space geeks! Especially Chuck. He loves anything having to do with Mars.) Thanks!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 700+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Bob Palin (@guest_120605)
2 years ago

I think this is the first poll I haven’t been able to answer, I don’t ‘believe’ that evidence of life will be discovered because I don’t have enough information to make that guess. But that doesn’t eliminate the possibility.

Gray (@guest_120602)
2 years ago

It’s mostly about having a faith in science: after all, many scientists believe that intelligent life once existed in the US Congress … both houses!

Marion Runcie (@guest_120588)
2 years ago

What does it matter what we “think” will be found? I am waiting for the evidence, it will be interesting.

John Koenig (@guest_120587)
2 years ago

If by “life”, I expect that microscopic things like bacteria, viruses, germs etc will be found on Mars. If your definition of “life” is something more advanced than “microscopic stuff”, then no, I do not believe so.

Grant Graves (@guest_120585)
2 years ago

Mars is not a very hospitable place so I’m not sure about life on Mars, or even in our solar system. But it is possible we will find current or past evidence of life on some of the moons of Saturn or Jupiter. But looking for life is not the main reason for exploring the solar system. If you research a bit you can find all the things we enjoy in our daily lives that have come from space exploration; ever use velcro, GPS, etc. The list is long!

Last edited 2 years ago by Grant Graves
Gary G (@guest_120578)
2 years ago

Doctors and scientists can’t even determine an unborn baby is a life form. How they going to find life 140 million miles from earth 🌏?

Jeff Craig (@guest_120595)
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary G

You are incorrect, Gary. It is religious leaders and politicians who ignore the scientific standard for life ‘as we know it’ when it comes to humans (as you are trying to allude to). Just because you or they disagree with a scientific standard, doesn’t mean it is not there.

Evidence of life has already been found in a rock from Mars, found in Antartica. It’s just not been corroborated yet, because it is the first one that we have found – so far.

On a final note, as for us humans, unless you believe women are simply embryonic incubators, a womans health care choices are none of your (or my) business.

WEB (@guest_120631)
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Craig

Hey, it takes two to tango, she CANNOT get pregnant on her own. :-/

urkeytoheaven. com (@guest_120596)
2 years ago
Reply to  Gary G

Amen brother. 👏👏👏👍

Tim (@guest_120577)
2 years ago

Yes. Evidence of past life or actual microscopic life still.

If it is anything like here, a little water is all that it takes. Deep underground there will be lfeforms that feed on minerals and live in the dark. Not even air is needed.

Terry (@guest_120573)
2 years ago

I believe that there is life on Mars but not like human life on Earth

WEB (@guest_120628)
2 years ago
Reply to  Terry

Oh, I believe you are referring to intelligent life, yeah I agree. :-/

Skip (@guest_120571)
2 years ago

A waste of hard paying tax payers. Why do we have to trash another place. We already have left trash on the moon. Let’s deal with all the issues we have here from homeless, hunger, and the environment.

outlaw (@guest_120567)
2 years ago

Instead of spending all that money on stupid stuff why don’t they figure a way to feed and house the homeless or help the Vets that need it and gave them the right to do things that don’t matter

Bob P (@guest_120564)
2 years ago

Of course there has to be life on Mars, that’s where all the Martians come from in the movies!

Kamwick (@guest_120599)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bob P

You just reminded me of “Mars Attacks!”, one of my all-time faves.

Mark K (@guest_120560)
2 years ago

I remember when Santa Claus conquered the Martians!

Wayne Caldwell (@guest_120557)
2 years ago

Even if “life” isn’t found on Mars, with all of the billions of stars and planets in the various galaxies and universes, there has to be some type of life out there. And, just for polite discussion, if there is another planet with intelligent life, would the tenets and teachings of the Bible apply there also? There’s more to that question that a simple yes or no answer. Something to wander around in your mind when you’re trying to get back to sleep in the middle of the night.

MN Anon (@guest_120556)
2 years ago

I hope so!

Dan (@guest_120554)
2 years ago

I think they found us first. Google “People of Walmart”.

Wayne (@guest_120558)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Great answer.!

Diane M (@guest_120593)
2 years ago
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Kamwick (@guest_120598)
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Well done, Dan 😆

Carl (@guest_120552)
2 years ago

I believe that evidence for microbial life forms may be found, but not large “intelligent” life forms!

volnavy007 (@guest_120551)
2 years ago

If “life” (for this question) is defined as small microbes, then yes (using Antarctica as an example of a hostile environment that has small life forms on land). If “life” is defined as larger (higher, maybe a better term?) then no.

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