It sure has been quiet after some time the Phoenix Mars Lander landed, performing the tests to find water and a "habitable zone" for life to exist. They aren't searching for life, like humans, to exist but any life would do such as microbial life. I believe the Lander landed May 26th 2008 and all has been quite since.
We all know that the news of life on another planet would be plastered all over the world, without rest, for months even years to come.
They did find what they were looking for but a certain 'U2' song comes to mind for some reason.
One important question would be, Why would we spend many, many millions of dollars trying to prove life exists knowing that the planet is inhospitable? Mars has an average temperature of -50° to -80°F compared to earth's average of 57°F. Mar's atmosphere contains 96% Co2 and only .2% of Oxygen in stark contrast to earth's .04% Co2 and 20% Oxygen. There is nothing on Mars in comparison with earth's sustaining life's atmospheric attributes. Mars's radiation alone is so intense on the surface that it would suffice to destroy the very molecules of life. (This is why they are trying to dig deeper to find life.)
Plainly reading Genesis we understand the life is on earth only. Earth is uniquely constructed to support life. It has been proven to have a well designed, flourishing atmosphere and planetary complexion that is just right for life. So why all the fuss about Mars?
Darwin published 'On the Origin of Species' in 1859 and within a short period of time the evolution revolution began. All academicians began teaching that all life originated from nature, not God. They eventually thought that, since we have a huge universe, the odds would be great that there actually could be life on other planets. After all, they felt life is spontaneous through natural occurrences, right?
Our good friend Mr. Thomas at ICR said "Evolutionary scientists will keep looking for extraterrestrial life because their theory predicts that it should exist. But why is there such a conspicuous lack of evidence for it? The Genesis account of creation remains consistent with what we observe and is the only satisfactory explanation for the presence of life…on earth."
Well said Mr. Thomas, I agree.