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Dr. Gil Levin, Sunday, 3-9-14 March 10, 2014

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Dr. Gil Levin, Sunday, 3-9-14


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Guest:  Dr. Gil Levin.   Topics:  Possible life on Mars, Viking Labeled Release Experiments, Chiral Labeled Release Experiments.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

Dr. Gil Levin returned as our guest to continue his discussion about the Viking Landers and the search for life through the labeled release experiments.  In the first segment of our 95 minute show, Dr. Levin explained the labeled release experiment plus he went through the analysis and conclusions which point to Viking having found molecular life on Mars.  He talked at length about the refusal of NASA to confirm these findings though in private many scientists, including several from NASA, have told him that his conclusions are likely correct.  Gil also talked about several recent television appearances he has had regarding the Viking landers and his experiment.  Listeners asked him many questions, including what NASA is doing to continue the search for life on Mars.  He said nothing and then talked about Curiosity & some of the other rovers and orbiting satellites and what they are focused on doing.  He also talked scheduled experiments but have yet to be done.  It is worth noting that the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landers sat down 4,000 miles from one another yet their labeled release experiments produced similar results.  Gil mentioned some concern for the durability of the Curiosity rover, specifically its wheels as well as the quality of scientific journalism and the press.  He is hoping key experiments are done prior to the end of Curiosity.

In the second segment, we talked about a Mars sample return mission.  Gil was not supportive of such a mission due to the risk of the samples being toxic to us here on Earth.  We had quite the discussion on this subject.  John from Ft. Worth called wondering about the impact life on Mars would have on us here on Earth.  Next, Gil was asked what experiments should be done to confirm life on Mars.  Gil talked about doing a chiral labeled release experiment.  Don’t miss our detailed discussion on this experiment and why it would be so important to do it on Mars.  Toward the end, we talked about Dr. Levin’s current work, his teaching, and his perseverance for confirming the findings of the Viking 1 and 2 labeled release experiments.

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1. Roland - March 12, 2014

A question for Gil that I have about life on Mars is: Can you send a microscope to Mars to directly image the soil with sufficient resolution to see microorganisms and send back the images to Earth for analysis?

2. Chris Baker - March 11, 2014

I’m a 27 year old computer technician & amateur astronomer from the UK, and a regularly listener of your show. I share a great deal of frustration in the way Dr Levins results have been ignored & shut down by NASA. I have no technical knowledge on the subject matter, but have some understanding of the way science should operate and it’s clear he’s getting short shrift based on bias over correct application of the Scientific Method.

I have a couple of follow up questions to the last show, and also some thoughts on how his message can be spread.

I’ve listened to all Dr Levins shows so far but I cannot recall if it was asked how much the label release experiment actually costs to manufacture, and how much it weighs?

It seems to me that if NASA aren’t interested perhaps the experiment could piggy back on another mission. All this of course depends on having enough private funds to pay for the experiment let alone the launch. For example Mars One (although like many, i’m not convinced they will launch. But wish them the best) intend to send a lander to Mars. Are there any other nations who’s agencies with plans to send anything to Mars in the near future? I know my own cannot afford such an effort or I’d start an effort here. This is perhaps a little pie in the sky.

My other comment is I think more realistic.

We need to bring Dr Levins message into the 21st Century. In this latest show he mentioned that he does a yearly lecture. I think it would be a very positive move to get a recording of this lecture, or do a special recording (I am very willing to do this with Dr Levin via the internet) and upload it onto youtube and it’s contemporaries unedited and publicise this in the space community. The potential audience is huge and people need to hear what he has to say if we are the get any sort of pressure going.

My fear is that like many of the Scientists who make important discoveries of our time Dr Levin will not be vindicated until after his death, which would be a huge shame.

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