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Mars Meteorite Quest Goes Global

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Science  20 Sep 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5282, pp. 1653-1654
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5282.1653b


An international effort is under way to verify or disprove the dramatic claim that an ancient Martian meteorite contains evidence of fossilized life. Last week NASA officials told a congressional panel that they expect research teams in Britain, Japan, and the United States to generate a definitive answer within 2 years to the report last month that life may once have existed on Mars (Science, 16 August, pp.p.864 and p. 924). They also sketched out plans to expand that cooperation into space with a joint U.S.-Russian mission in 2001, part of a series of Mars missions to search for more fossil-laden rocks.