Also of Interest in the Solar System This Week…

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NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars

WASHINGTON — An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. 

Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month. 

“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.”

Mars Rover Drills into Surface

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  1. At this point the only question is what kind and when, really. Isn’t that great? I love Mars. We have robots on Mars. Hi robots!


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