Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Prof. Levin comments on Martian Water and Marc Kaufman
Gil Levin writes: the Washington Post ran a major story on water on Mars by science writer of Marc Kaufman (6 August 2011) which was widely sindicated through the USA. This new article ignores past history of evidence for water, particularly Viking's findings, my publications and implications for the Labelled Release experiment that found evidence for life. Yet Kaufman's book, "First Contact" published in March, included a quite favorable review of my work.
** (Ed.) In 2001, NASA covered Levin's arguments for liquid water on Mars “in limited amounts and for limited times” against the scientific consensus that liquid water cannot exist on the surface. What they called 'scientific consensus' has evidently changed, but no recognition is given to those who challenged the older consensus. They reported Chris McKay as stressing: "a biology explanation [for the Viking test results] is inconsistent, ecologically, with what we know about Mars' surface environment". 10 years on, we know of micro-organism ecologies that do live in periodically warmed antarctic environments. So another of the 'consensus' arguments against Gil Levin is defunct.