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Mars meteorite hints at life on the red planet

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Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2014 12:01 AM by AlexMuller

With each passing year we find more evidence that life might have existed on the red planet, including a meteorite discovered by scientists in Antarctica 14 years ago. After studying this meteorite, called Yamato 000593, scientists determined that it not only came from Mars, but that it also shows evidence of once containing microbial life.

 
After carefully studying Yamato 000593, these team of scientists concluded that the martian meteorite is over 1 billion years old and probably landed on Earth after some sort of huge impact hit Mars about 10,000 years ago. But most importantly, the meteorite has small tunnels running through it and contains materials rich with carbon, one of the key components of life as we know it. This suggests that microbial life might have once existed within the rock. This is not definitive proof of life on Mars, but these conclusions are consistent with similar rocks here on Earth.
 
This isn’t the first time we’ve made such a discovery. Back in 1996, there was another martian meteorite discovered, ALH84001. This meteorite contained similar features to Yamato 000593, suggesting life once existed within it, but many scientists remained skeptical. In fact, most scientists were so unimpressed that the research never really took off. Perhaps that’s the reason that some of the researchers from that team are now working on studying Yamato 000593.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-27
+2
It may take quite a lot of research to find good evidence that life exited on Mars long time ago. Perhaps the only way would be to collect much more material from the red planet itself
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-27
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Sure, however, this won’t happen for many years, at least until after NASA’s Mars 2020 mission takes place, which will gather up rocks and other materials from Mars. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-27
+2
There were some interesting observations by the Opportunity rover. It found Mars mystery rock that "appeared" from nowhere and it is "like nothing we’ve ever seen before" Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-27
+2
Mars was bound to produce surprises and now with the interest in the red planet increasing we will have more and more mysteries but hopefully also more solutions
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-27
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It is important to understand Mars better before we go. We should find out what the history of the atmosphere has been, how the climate has changed through time and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-27
+0
For centuries people have speculated about the possibility of life on Mars due to the planet's proximity and similarity to Earth. It is time now to find out more Reply


 

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