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starship-design: FW: Statement from Daniel S. Goldin, NASA Administrator

Amazing stuff.

>From: 	Berman, Andrea[SMTP:andrea.berman@spmail.jsc.nasa.gov]
>Sent: 	Tuesday, August 06, 1996 5:50 PM
>To: 	David Levine; David Morgan; georg; Janet M. LoCastro; Marge; Matt
>R.; Matthew Bertrand; Phieng; Hwang, Erica; Minton, Jacquie; Norris,
>Subject: 	FW: Statement from Daniel S. Goldin, NASA Administrator
>From: NASA HQ Public Affairs Office on Tue, Aug 6, 1996 3:45 PM
>Subject: Statement from Daniel S. Goldin, NASA Administrator
>To: press-release-nasa@venus.hq.nasa.gov
>Laurie Boeder
>Headquarters, Washington, DC        August 6, 1996
>(Phone:  202/358-1898)
>RELEASE:  96-159
>     "NASA has made a startling discovery that points to the 
>possibility that a primitive form of microscopic life may 
>have existed on Mars more than three billion years ago.  The 
>research is based on a sophisticated examination of an ancient
>Martian meteorite that landed on Earth some 13,000 years ago.
>     The evidence is exciting, even compelling, but not 
>conclusive.  It is a discovery that demands further 
>scientific investigation.  NASA is ready to assist the 
>process of rigorous scientific investigation and lively 
>scientific debate that will follow this discovery.
>     I want everyone to understand that we are not talking 
>about 'little green men.'  These are extremely small, single-
>cell structures that somewhat resemble bacteria on Earth.  
>There is no evidence or suggestion that any higher life form 
>ever existed on Mars.
>     The NASA scientists and researchers who made this 
>discovery will be available at a news conference tomorrow to 
>discuss their findings.  They will outline the step-by-step 
>"detective story" that explains how the meteorite arrived 
>here from Mars, and how they set about looking for evidence 
>of long-ago life in this ancient rock.  They will also 
>release some fascinating images documenting their research.
>                         -end-