“Alien Microbes” –‘No Other Rocks Look Like This, Easy to Detect On Mars’


Curiosity Rover


“This should be an easy form of fossilized life for a rover to detect on other planets,” Fouke said. “If we see this kind of extensive filamentous rock on other planets, we would know it’s a fingerprint of life,” said University of Illinois geology professor Bruce Fouke, who led a new, NASA-funded study of bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ancient and thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars. “It’s big and it’s unique. No other rocks look like this. It would be definitive evidence of the presences of alien microbes.