Science: Looking for the Bodies

Edgar Rice Burroughs peopled Mars with bosomy princesses and Tarzan-like adventurers. H.G. Wells populated the planet with huge, insectlike creatures. NASA scientists have yet to find either maidens or monsters on the Red Planet, but their epoch-making explorations increasingly suggest that there may be more on Mars than rocks. Though the Viking 1 lander has yet to discover the organic compounds that would enable scientists to say with any confidence that there is life out there, it has sent back evidence that processes usually associated with life on earth also take place on...

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