NASA Finds Possible Evidence of Life on Mars
NASA SCIENTISTS have announced that they have found their strongest evidence to date of microbial life on Mars, causing great ripples of excitement at the agency.
Investigating the site of an ancient river delta, the Mars rover, Perseverance, has now collected a myriad of intriguing rock samples, many of which suggest that the Jezero Crater once held a lake, a body of water which may have once supported various microbial life forms.
These samples include evidence of organic matter which spawned and supported life some 3.5 billion years ago.
According to spokesperson, Ken Farley, a Perseverance project scientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. “The rocks that we have been investigating on the delta have the highest concentration of organic matter that we have yet found on the mission,” he said.
The rover’s mission, which began on the Red Planet 18 months ago, continues to collect rock samples which may have preserved what scientists call “telltale biosignatures”.
At present, Perseverance has collected 12 rock samples, which one day scientists hope can be brought back from Mars to Earth.
A series of missions is apparently in the works for the 2030s to do just that.
In the meantime, the greatest concentration of NASA activity continues to focus on missions to the Moon for obvious reasons: the Moon is much, much closer to the Earth than Mars, which can yield important knowledge about how best to go about living on locations elsewhere in our solar system.
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In the case of Crimson Firestorm Mars, just such a group sends a team of assassins to slow the work of the competition and the action does indeed get shockingly wild!