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One hundred years ago Percival Lowell, the astronomer who predicted the existence of Pluto, championed the theory that "canals" crossing Mars were evidence that intelligent life once existed there. Even though the idea was thoroughly discredited in the 1960s by photographs transmitted back to Earth from three separate Mariner spacecraft, many people went crazy with excitement again back in August over the possible existence of Martian life. The National Aeronautic and Space Administration's now famous potato-sized meteorite (dubbed ALH84001 because of the site in Antarctica where it was discovered) was said to contain likely evidences of elementary Martian life. Almost immediately many folks, scientists and lay persons alike, were caught up in the excitement of metaphysical speculation about alien life, the universe and God, perhaps feeling anew the sense of mystery surrounding all things seemingly beyond our ken.

For the group known as SETI (the Search for Extraterres...