Scientific American claims leading NASA experts believe final proof of microbial life on Mars will be confirmed this year. The scientists have not yet rigorously proven there is (or was) life on Mars, but they believe further examination with new instruments will confirm whether odd features inside three martian meteorites, including the ALH84001 meteorite that made headlines in 1996, are geological or biological.
The NASA team is already convinced that colonies of micro-organisms are visible inside three martian rocks that landed on Earth. If so, this would have profound implications for our understanding of life in the universe.
Two of the meteorites - ALH84001 and Yamato 593 - were found in the Antarctic by American and Japanese scientists after they lay in the icy desert for thousands of years.
But of special interest is a meteorite that fell in many chunks at Nakhla, Egypt, in 1911. Most of the fragments ended up in London's Natural History Museum.