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The recent 'ET and the BBC' episode was a great look back at the search for life. But I'm not sure what Brian May said "we actually did find bacterial life on Mars" is correct; it would have been all over the media. Confirming ancient organic compounds is currently the first step.
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Wasn't there something said in that recent Brian Cox series?
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Brian Cox might well have but last night (Planets) I only noticed him mentioning some chemical on Titan. Phosphine discovered last year in the atmosphere of Venus and the unknown bacteria on the International space station are in the news but, I think, no alien bacteria seems yet proven.
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It was the Cox series that updated known facts from his earlier series, possibly something about dormant bacteria brought to life by water, something like that.

You wouldn't think May would make a statement like that, without some back up, so he must have got it from somewhere.
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One of the experiments carried out on Mars by a Viking lander in the 1970s, actually did give a positive detection for current life. Due to negative results from other experiments, this positive result was generally viewed with caution. A single positive result was deemed inconclusive and potentially the result of chemical processes not relating to life.

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A bit of fun about the bet with Patrick more than anything else.
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I've just watched the 'ET and the BBC' episode today. Yes, the piece in question was just a bit of fun, pretending to be a clip from the future.

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Ah right...Life on Mars...but not yet!
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This is pretty funny; I didn't know the sketch was set in the future!
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