Mars Once Suited for Ancient Life Announced NASA
It's official! Mars could had supported life.
Primitive life could have lived on ancient Mars NASA officials announced recently.
Rock samples collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
"A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "From what we know now, the answer is yes."
The rover Curiosity landed on Mars seven months ago to begin its two-year investigation into whether Mars could had supported life.
Twenty percent of the sample was made up of clay minerals, which is believed to be a product of the reaction of water with other minerals in the sediment.
NASA says they were surprised to find a mixture of oxidized, less-oxidized, and even non-oxidized chemicals providing an energy gradient of the sort many microbes on Earth exploit to live. This partial oxidation was first hinted at when the drill cuttings were revealed to be gray rather than red.
While your eyes are in the skies, look for Comet PANSTARRS, which could be visible to the naked eye until the end of the month.