Curiosity Rover Finds Simple Organics, But Long Path Remains to Determine Life

Curiosity Rover Finds Simple Organics, But Long Path Remains to Determine Life

In it’s first analysis of Martian soil, NASA’s Curiosity rover detected perchlorate salts and simple organic compounds but the probe’s science team can not yet determine if the carbon in these materials is indigenous to Mars.

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Mars Rover Finds Ancient Streambed Where Water Once Flowed (years back), This map shows the path on Mars of NASA's Curiosity rover . mission to determine if the Gale Crater area has ever been capable of supporting microbial life.

Mars Rover Finds Ancient Life-Supporting Lakebed (years back), The site where NASA's Mars rover Curiosity landed last year contains at least one lake that would have been perfectly suited for colonies of simple . a search strategy to determine which sites hold the most promise for finding organic carbon,

Mars rover finds no methane, homemade soups (yet) (years back), The rover Curiosity, equipped with the most sophisticated . This is perhaps a disappointment for anyone who thought signs of life would come this early in Curiosity's two-year mission.

Discovery of boron on Mars adds to evidence for habitability (Sep 2017), A selfie of the NASA Curiosity rover . that life could have once arisen on the planet," said Patrick Gasda, a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author on the paper.

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