The Phoenix space probe has found water in Mars! See the attached link to the article on the NASA web page!
A Mars mission within our lifetime? If there is water, it could sustain life. Imagine the mineral wealth. Imagine the war over who controls the red planet! It could be colonialism mark II. Will it augment the second human renaissance as humanity seeks the philosophical basis for expanding into the solar system?
Poor little Martian microbes (if they exist). They will be plundered and booted into extinction along with the dodo, the Tasmanian Aborigine and the myriad of other creatures sent to their doom by the thinking apes.