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Space: Nasa mission finds life on Mars


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The Mars rover “Perseverance” has found the clearest evidence of life on Mars so far during its mission in space. This was announced by the mission leaders of the US space agency Nasa in Pasadena, California. According to an official statement, the finds of the “Perseverance” are spectacular.

Specifically, it is about finds in the so-called Jezero crater, a former lake into which a large river delta once flowed. However, that was more than 3.5 billion years ago, and the crater has now completely dried up. The rocks collected by the Mars rover contained organic material that provides evidence of life on Mars.

“Perseverance”: High concentration of organic material

“The rocks found in the river delta of Jezero Crater contain such a high concentration of organic material that we have never seen on this mission,” said Ken Farley, a scientist on the Perseverance project at the California Institute of Technology in California pasadena

NASA has found organic material in the “Wildcat” Ridge.

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The Jezero crater is 45 kilometers wide and fan-shaped. It is considered particularly interesting for NASA researchers because the sedimentary rock in the crater could provide information about the history of the planet Mars. The “Perseverance” would also have discovered volcanic rock on the floor of the crater, which speaks for a distant eruption near the crater.

The scientists dubbed the stone, which contains a particularly large amount of organic material, “Wildcat Ridge” because it has a shape similar to that of a cat’s back. The material found consists mainly of hydrogen and carbon. Two elements that occur in almost all organic processes.

NASA: Mars rover makes significant finds in volcanic crater

“Even if the finds do not, on their own, mean that there was definitely life on Mars, the samples found have strong parallels to samples that we know from Earth,” said NASA scientist Farley. One is on a “treasure hunt” and finding organic material is particularly important.

In addition, the samples found would have been discovered in sedimentary rock. “Similar layers of rock on Earth are known to preserve fossils. So in this regard, too, we see another indication that life may have existed on Mars.”

However, more precise statements could only be made during an investigation on earth. The Mars mission “Mars Sample Return” is intended to bring the samples back to earth. However, it is only planned for the 2030s. (shh)

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