NASA Wants To Build Self-Replicating Robots on Mars!

The director of NASA’s Ames Research Center wants to build self-replicating robots on Mars! Genetically engineering extraction and construction microbes could “grow” electrical components, and eventually convert carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen. “If we really want to settle Mars, and we don’t want to have to carry millions of tons of equipment with us to duplicate the way we live on Earth, these technologies will be key.”

In fact, given the water and carbon that’s been discovered on Mars, the possibility of underground microbes is still considered real, and Mars “may already be supporting life.” This new interview with Peter Worden, the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, was just featured in the summer issue of H+ magazine, and he also argues that sterile robots will be necessary to protect the unique Martian biosphere, since it may contain clues about earth’s own first life forms. “There’s also a possibility that Earth life is Mars life. The first life forms here may have come from Mars!”