Do you think there might be life on other planets?
Do you think aliens are real? The movie Independence Day
showed us aliens that wanted to destroy us and our planet. Fortunately,
these kinds of aliens are not real, but do make books and movies more
exciting! However, real-life scientists are busy searching for life
forms that may exist on other planets.
Last year, scientists made an exciting discovery when they found
a meteorite from the planet
Mars. Meteorites are rocks which
fall to Earth from outer space. As these rocks pass through Earth's
atmosphere, they often catch fire. At nighttime, you can often see
meteorites falling to Earth as "shooting stars". This meteorite, named ALH
84001, is very special because it contains chemicals and structures that
look like bacteria we have on Earth. Does this mean there's life on
Mars? We don't really know the answer yet, but you can be sure there are
many scientists searching for clues!
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