Aliens could dwell in sub-surface lakes on Mars, says Harvard boffin

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Aliens could be living in sub-surface lakes on Mars and the moon and humans should start drilling to find them, the world’s top scientists have said.

The theory is far from pie in the sky, with a leading team from the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) making the bold demands.

They believe humans will carry out the pioneering drilling expedition within the next 10 years.

Prof Avi Loeb, from the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard, said: “One can imagine robots and heavy machinery that will drill deep under the lunar surface in search of life, just as we do in searching for oil on Earth.”

Manasvi Lingam, assistant professor of astrobiology at FIT, added: “We know that these searches will be technically challenging, but not impossible.”

Prof Lingam says that while the Red Planet may not have large bodies of water on its surface — subsurface lakes could exist underground where forms of life could dwell.

Humans could find out once and for all if life exists under a thick layer of rock by drilling down near the equator of Mars or the moon to look for higher temperatures surrounding geological hotspots, he said.

He added: “Both the Moon and Mars lack an atmosphere that would allow liquid water to exist on their surfaces, but the warmer and pressurized regions under the surface could allow the chemistry of life in liquid water.

“We need to be able to drill tens of kilometers under the surface of Mars, and without geological activity exposing these deep layers, we will not be able to explore them.”

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“We examined whether conditions amenable to life could exist deep underneath the surface of rocky objects like the Moon or Mars at some point in their histories and how scientists might go about searching for traces of past subsurface life on these objects."

Prof Lingam, who was lead author of the paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters , added: “Surface water requires an atmosphere to maintain a finite pressure, without which liquid water cannot exist.

“However, when one moves to deeper regions, the upper layers exert pressure and thus permit the existence of liquid water in principle.”

It comes after a retired major claimed a space alien was shot dead in a US military base.

Major George Filler said the UFO was mistaken for a spy plane and shot five times by a military police officer in 1978.

The 84-year-old claimed a senior officer told him that it was a "space alien" and that “there are UFOs buzzing around the pattern like mad".

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