According to Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev, mankind has already brought life to the red planet, sending automatic stations and rovers there.
“I think life actually already exists on Mars, and it was most likely brought by us. Because those rovers, those stations that reached Mars — no matter how we treat them and how they go through quarantine, they still brought with them the simplest microorganisms,” Oleg said during a teleconference. by the Center for Cosmonautics and Aviation.
“And despite the fact that there are extraterrestrial conditions on Mars, these microorganisms have survived and are beginning to grow,” the astronaut added.
He recalled that the “Test” experiment was conducted on the Russian segment of the International Space Station, which proved the ability of microorganisms to survive in space.
“Therefore, when a person sets foot on Mars, they will probably discover a form of life, very similar to that on Earth, but already more adapted to the conditions of Mars,” said the astronaut.
Oleg Artemiev made two spaceflights on board the ISS in 2014 and 2018 with a total duration of one year (366 days) and carried out three spacewalks with a total duration of more than 20 hours.