Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev believes that mankind has already brought life to the Red Planet by sending automatic stations and rovers there.
“I think that, in fact, there is life already on Mars, and we have most likely already brought it. Because those Mars rovers, rovers, those stations that reached Mars – no matter how we process them, no matter how we clean them and no matter how they pass through quarantine – they still brought the simplest microorganisms with them,” he said during a teleconference with Central America, organized by the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center at VDNKh.
“And despite the fact that on Mars are not terrestrial conditions, these microorganisms have survived and are beginning to evolve,” added the astronaut.
He reminded us that the Russian segment of the International Space Station hosted the Test experiment, which proved the ability of microorganisms to survive in outer space.
“Therefore, when a man sets foot on Mars, he will probably discover some life very similar to the Earth’s, but already more adapted to Mars conditions,” the cosmonaut said.
Artemyev made two space flights aboard the ISS in 2014 and 2018 with a total duration of one year (366 days) and performed three trips to outer space with a total duration of more than 20 hours.