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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, slowly making its way up the side of a towering mountain of sedimentary rock at the center of its Gale Crater landing site, has found fresh evidence for the red planet’s past — and possibly present — habitability, scientists reported Thursday. NASA announced Thursday the nuclear-powered rover has detected a variety of organic compounds
These organic compounds, a requirement for life as it’s known on Earth, were found in 3-billion-year-old rocks deposited on the floor of Gale Crater. While organics were discovered by the rover earlier, the age and variety of the newly analyzed samples strengthen the case for a habitable environment in the past.
The article goes on to state the following:
“We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lakebed,” said Jen Eigenbrode, a research scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “Those organic molecules could have come from life.”
NASA’s Curiosity rover has been inching its way across Mars for nearly six years and it recently found something very interesting. @krisvancleave explains why. https://t.co/jtY7lJyBsL pic.twitter.com/FSNncxORmn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 7, 2018
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