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    Scientists from Princeton University (United States) are expected to report that the planet Mars is capable of supporting life.

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    Scientists from Princeton University (United States) are expected to report that the planet Mars is capable of supporting life.

    The announcement is expected on 19 April, along with findings of the recent observations made by the Stratoscope II study made in March.

    The stratoscope is a balloon-mounted telescope that was sent up 80,000 feet to make the observations.At that height, the telescope is able to make readings that could not be made from the earth's surface because it was not obscured by the atmosphere.

    The balloon soared above 98 percent of the earth's surface to make the observations.It was sent up from Kitt Peak, near Tucson, Arizona, in the American West.

    On April 19,the report will be made by astronomers Drs.Martin Schwarzchild and Robert Danielson of Princeton University, at Kitt Peak Arizona, at a conference of the American Astronomical Society.Preliminary reports indicate the stratoscope made "very exciting findings".

    The observations were aided by television.Two transistorized TV cameras were the main components of the electronic equipment in the stratoscope.The equipment was made by the Radio Corporation of America and was assembled at the Palestine, Texas launch site.

    A towering plastic balloon carried the three-ton package with its 36-inch optical telescope, its television guidance system and associated electronic gear.

    Commands were sent to the telescope from a mobile control center on the ground at Kitt Peak.Monitored by a TV operator, a wide-field TV camera swung the telescope toward Mars and a narrow-field TV camera focused the telescope on the planet.

    Dr.Danielson directed the celestial probe from the astronomers console.The readings were taken 15 miles above the earth and 100 miles away from the ground unit.The stratoscope did not take pictures,but rather it recorded electronic measurements of infra-red light from Mars.The analyzed data indicated that life may be possible on Mars.

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