PROFESSOR Brian Cox has revealed “extraterrestrial life” could be hiding in a 900-mile-wide crater on Mars.
In the astronomers’ brand new BBC1 series, he explores the history of our solar system from the last 4.5billion years.
And in this week’s episode, Professor Cox identified an area of Mars that he believes is most likely to host some form of life.
Dr Cox explained how most of the Red Planet’s water was probably lost as its atmosphere changed.
He said: “Much of its water evaporated and escaped into space.
“Leaving only small traces behind frozen in patches across the planet.
“Where missions continue to search for extraterrestrial life.
“There’s a crater on Mars called the Hellas Basin, which is 1,500km (930 miles) across and 9km (5.6 miles) deep that means you could put Everest on the floor and the summit would not reach the rim.”
The physicist detailed how the air pressure is so high in the basin of the crater, liquid water can exist and result in the possibility of microbes being present on the surface.
He said: “The air pressure is so high down there that liquid water can exist, so I suppose it’s not impossible to imagine microbes coming up from deep below the surface to bask in the midday sun before disappearing back down below again to survive the cold of the Martian night.
“But if life does exist out there it will certainly only be simple life.
“There will be nothing, nowhere near anything as complex as you or me.”
It comes after further speculation surrounding life on the red planet grows.
One NASA scientist revealed how he believes martians would look like pasta if they existed on Mars.
Brian Cox also claimed that “humans will become Martians in the future.”
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