A few days ago we were telling you that NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover made some groundbreaking discovery on Mars and NASA will present the news during a press conference. Now, that moment has come and NASA announced the discovery of organic matter on Mars. More specifically, Mars Curiosity Rover has found the so-called “blocks of life” on the Red Planet, suggesting that life on Mars could’ve existed once.
According to the statement made by NASA during its press conference the space agency held yesterday, Curiosity found organic matter on Mars containing carbon and hydrogen inside 3 billion years old sedimentary rocks from the bottom of Gale Crater.
Even though the discovery reignited the theories that intelligent life on Mars could’ve existed somewhen in Red Planet’s distant history, NASA stated that this new finding is only suggesting the existence of life but is not irrefutable proof of either past or present life on Mars.
NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover discovered organic matter on Mars suggesting that life on Mars might’ve existed
Curiosity drilled some 3 billion years old Mars rocks from the bottom of the Gale Crater where NASA believes a lake was present billions of years ago. The recent discovery, according to NASA, hints to the idea that the lake on Gale Crater could’ve contained the elements needed for life to develop, the so-called “blocks of life.”
Additionally, Mars Curiosity Rover has also detected oscillations in methane gas levels over the past 6 years, this hinting, as NASA reported yesterday, to the existence of some biological processes on Mars, either past or present.
“Are there signs of life on Mars? We don’t know, but these results tell us we are on the right track,” said Michael Meyer, the leading scientist at the NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, cited by IGN.
Mars Curiosity Rover’s finding of organic matter on Mars increases the importance of the upcoming NASA’s Mars 2020 and ESA’s ExoMars missions in unraveling the secrets of the Red Planet’s history.