Barbara Gale Spencer of this post line is on to something !
Seemingly simple and small things can and have been the start of very big ideas. The lowly worm seems to be one of these things. If NASA is interested in worms then it is big.
NASA considered terraforming important enough to conduct a study on it in 1976, and terraforming articles still appear in peer-reviewed science journals. In fact, one of the principal planetary scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center – Dr. Christopher McKay – is one of the world’s foremost experts on terraforming. ( from - https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/our-destiny-in-the-stars-the-reality-behind-terraforming/)
Here is a video showing the idea of terraforming mars is a big idea being studied. If NASA is studying worms it isnt from growing tomatoes on earth. And with advanced genetics which we hear about a lot in other areas the low oxygen worm is an idea im sure NASA knows about.
Earth worms need oxygen to " breath" so does that cut Ice worms out of the picture ? No
https://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/science/03obhypoxia.html -- in this report a discovery of a genetic change in a worms DNA allows for existence at low levels of O2.
here is a report on ice worms of another variety found under the water where methane Hydrate has condensed - this material is facinating in itself to check out. Any hoo these worms seem to be operating at first glance without oxygen. What does Mars lack ? Oxygen. Worms- NASA- Genetics- worms that need little oxygen to worms that live with no oxygen to ice worms in the arctic . You know these guys are onto this idea and probably have got a super worm complete with a little cape and a SW on it (super worm). Got to !
Published: April 2000
Methane Ice Worms: Hesiocaeca methanicola Colonizing Fossil Fuel Reserves
C. R. Fisher, I. R. MacDonald, R. Sassen, C. M. Young, S. A. Macko, S. Hourdez, R. S. Carney, S. Joye & E. McMullin
Naturwissenschaften volume 87, pages 184–187 (2000)Cite this article
During a research cruise in July 1997 in the Gulf of Mexico we discovered a gas hydrate approximately 1 m thick and over 2 m in diameter which had recently breached the sea floor at a depth of 540 m.
The hydrate surface visible from the submarine was considerably greater than that of any other reported hydrate. Two distinct color bands of hydrate were present in the same mound, and the entire exposed surface of the hydrate was infested (2500 individuals/m2) with 2 to 4 cm-long worms, since described as a new species, Hesiocaeca methanicola, in the polychaete family Hesionidae (Desbruyères and Toulmond 1998). H. methanicola tissue stable isotope values are consistent with a chemoautotrophic food source.
No evidence of chemoautotrophic symbionts was detected, but geochemical data support the presence of abundant free living bacteria on the hydrate. The activities of the polychaetes, grazing on the hydrate bacteria and supplying oxygen to their habitats, appears to contribute to the dissolution of hydrates in surface sediments.
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Barbara Gale Spencer-- is on to something !
SO IT APPEARS I MAY BE OUT TO LUNCH ON WORMS AND OXYGEN ! THEY NEED OXYGEN THOUGH IN SMALL AMOUNTS !
BUT GUESS WHAT ?
>>>>>>NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Unexplained Oxygen on Mars
Fluctuating levels of the atmospheric gas, a potential tracer of alien life, have left researchers mystified<<<<<<<<<<