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Science in the News: Life on Mars as proof of evolution?
Ross, H. 1988.  Facts and Faith 2(3):1-2. CELD ID 6247

Abstract
On recent edition of Ted Koppel's Nightline, tow astronomers and a science journalist Koppel interviewed declared that the discovery of life on Mars would provide virtual proof that life does indeed evolve, and quite easily , by natural processes. Here is their line of reasoning: So far, we know of life's existence on only one planet out of the ten billion trillion in the entire universe. If life is found on Mars, we know that it exists on two planets, but not just on any two planets, two planets in the same solar system. Such a finding would suggest that life is abundant throughout our universe, abundant by spontaneous generation.