The results of experiments that were recently conducted by the Mars Science Laboratory Rover “Curiosity” appear to be withheld for reasons that are best known only to NASA. Such results may be crucial for backing up evidence obtained by Gil Levin and Patricia Straat in the 1976 Viking Mission that would prove beyond a shadow of doubt that microbial life currently exists on Mars. Gil Levin has approached NASA with a request to release the relevant data under the Freedom of Information Act. The outcome of this move is awaited with eager anticipation. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, said “It is high time such data as is available is released and is freely accessible, and Gil Levin’s ground-breaking discovery of life on Mars finally accepted and acknowledged.” Read the press release, with the full text of Professor Levin’s letter to NASA.
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