Some of you know that our first Educational Holodeck mission ( involves the exploration of Mars in search of life.  A recent discovery by NASA lends increasing support to the idea that possible microbial life existed in Mars in the past (and may still exist today.)

The Opportunity Rover recently discovered a band of gypsum (the stuff of dry-wall fame) that indicates that there was once running water on the surface of Mars – and that the water was likely to be sweet, not acidic, meaning it could support life as we know it (

Found with the Opportunity Rover

With discoveries like this, can proof of extraterrestrial life be nearby?