Martian Hunters Want To Deploy Missiles To Locate Alien Life.

To date there is no proof of living organisms on Mars, but one group is working on hunting them down by firing military grade missiles packed with experimentation equipment into their planet. Explore Mars, a non-profit group based in Beverly Massachussets- has released the Exolance mission proposal. This mission would launch missiles at Mars. Explore Mars includes Gilbert Levin who led a 1976 NASA experiment involving the Viking Mars landers- which he believed to prove that there was life on Mars.

We know that the thin atmosphere and lack of oxygen make Mars’ surface a hostile place for life forms, but the inside of Mars may be more suited for life, we just haven’t been able to get a good look. The Exolance mission repurposes military missiles known as Arrowsto strike Mars’ surface and bury themselves five meters into the ground then utilize life detection methods to seek out living organisms.

The team intends to begin testing Arrows in the Mojave Desert in late 2014. They selected the Mojave because the ground is similar enough to Martian terrain to test their Arrows and the delivery system. After they confirm their equipment can penetrate the ground on Mars they will fine tune the microbial life detection processes. They are hoping to be ready for NASA’s 2016 Insight mission or ESA’s 2018 ExoMars mission.

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A team of scientists from the non-profit group Explore Mars have come up with a proposal that they say could find life beneath the surface of the red planet. Called Exolance, the mission would fire missiles at the surface and bury experiments underground

Exolance would be carrier to Mars by another spacecraft. The mission could comprise several penetrator probes, known as 'Arrows', that would be held in a 'Quiver' on the carrier vehicle, which would safely transport them through the atmosphere (artist's illustration shown)

Once through the atmosphere the lander carrying the Quiver would deploy its parachute and begin its gradual descent to the surface, at which point the Arrows would be released to various locations

The Arrows would bury initially to about 6.5 feet (two metres). Using a drill, however, they could bury to a total depth of 16.5 feet (five metres) where life detection equipment would be deployed

Nasa's Curiosity rover (artist's illustration shown) is currently on Mars trying to ascertain if the red planet was or still is habitable. The Exolance team hope that their mission can be incorporated on a future Mars mission such as Nasa's Insight in 2016 or Esa's Exomars in 2018.