A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth's neighbor may have harbored life. For what was said detected molecule is unknown.
The data gathered by Curiosity reveal that billions of years ago there was a shallow lake of water inside the Gale Crater on Mars that contained all the ingredients necessary for life as we know it, including chemical building blocks and energy sources.
The search for life beyond Earth focuses on the discovery of organic compounds and molecules, although the latter can exist without life. Eigenbrode says the analyzed rocks came from the bottom of what was once a lake at a time when Mars was a much warmer, wetter place.
All these factors point to believe that Mars could harbour life on its surface. Jennifer Eigenbrode, an astrobiologist at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who led the organics study, said she's intrigued by the possibility that life might have existed and adapted on Mars.
"Are there signs of life on Mars?" said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, at NASA Headquarters.
Launched in 2011, Curiosity was created to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. "We are on the right track!"
"There are active processes happening in the Martian subsurface today, which could include heated reactions between water and rocks, possible biological activity, or some other mechanism", Siebach noted.
"When you work with something as insane as a rover on Mars, with the most complex instrument ever sent to space, it seems like we're doing what may have been perceived earlier as impossible", says lead author Jennifer Eigenbrode , a biogeochemist at NASA Goddard.
Also, thanks to the longevity of the Curiosityrover, scientists have been able to observe a "breathing" of methane in the Martian atmosphere, with the amount increasing in the summer and reducing in the winter. Kate told Live Science that it is a big deal to find organic compounds in rocks aged 3.5 billion years.
In a post to Twitter the official Kingdom Hearts account announced the release date, along with debuting a short 10-second teaser. The list of "Video Games That May Never Actually Release" has just lost one of its most prominent members.
Vehicles covered by the recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. All six crashes were reported to NHTSA between 2012 and 2017, but it was unclear when they occurred.
BC Stats has yet to release its report on the labour force survey, which breaks down provincial job gains and losses by sector. The rate of employment in the region dropped after four straight months of increases, but only by 0.1 percent to 68.6 percent.
Regardless of who wins this year's Roland Garros, tennis players are in for a treat in both the men's and women's competitions. Nadal came in looking slightly more vulnerable than he did a year ago , in which he lost only 35 games in claiming the title.
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Dan Martin takes stage 5 at the Criterium du Dauphine
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Air strikes kill at least 44 in Syria’s Idlib
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Women's Asia Cup 2018 final
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