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The Mars mushrooms are probably fake, but organisms could likely survive on the Red Planet

EXCERPTS: . . . We hate to be sticks in the mud — or in this case in the lifeless Martian regolith — but the team’s research [below] really didn’t hold up to scrutiny. Its central thesis was promptly torn apart, chewed up, and spit out by scientists who say the notion of fungal life growing and thriving on Mars is nothing short of nonsense.

[...] more credible research has suggested that some forms of terrestrial life might be able to survive the harsh conditions of the Red Planet. That includes black mold, which happens to be a fungus like the not-quite-believable Mars shrooms. After recreating conditions like the atmosphere, pressure, and even cosmic radiation, scientists found that black mold spores were able to survive just fine... (MORE - details)
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Scientists Claim to Spot Fungus Growing on Mars in NASA Rover Photos

EXCERPT: . . . But according to an international team of researchers, the space agencies other rovers may have already found signs of relatively advanced life — in the form of “fungus-like Martian specimens,” according to a new paper published in the journal Advances in Microbiology.

The team, which includes researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and George Mason University, believes they have found photographic evidence of a variety of fungus-like organisms, some resembling the shape of puffballs, a round cloud-like fungus found in abundance back here on Earth, on the Red Planet. Their evidence: images taken by NASA’s Opportunity and Curiosity rovers as well as the agency’s HiRISE high-resolution camera attached to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter... (MORE - details)

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