August 20th, 2003

Socorroan searching for life on Mars El Defensor Chieftain

New Mexico Tech Professor Philip Kyle, who is a leading expert on Mount Erebus in Antarctica, is helping an Australian geologist look for life on Mars. Kyle, who has traveled to Antarctica every year for the last 32 years to study Mount Erebus, was approached recently about his work on ice towers, because the geologist, Nick Hoffman, had seen the latest images taken by the Mars Odyssey orbiter, which revealed hotspots in the Hellis Basin that could be similar to ice towers in Antarctica, where microbiological life forms live on chemical energy.