They determined that as much as three-fourths of the organic material found on the meteorite may not stem from contamination by Earth. However, further examination of the spherical structure, called an ovoid, revealed that it most likely formed through processes other than life.
A third meteorite, the Shergotty, contains features suggestive of biofilm remnants and microbial communities. All of these samples provide tantalizing hints of the possibility of life in the early history of the red planet. But a fresh examination of the surface has the potential to reveal even more insights into the evolution of life on Mars. When NASA set the first lander down on the Martian surface, one of the experiments performed sought traces for life.
Though Viking's results were Life On Mars inconclusive, they paved the way for other probes into the planet's environment. Exploration of Mars was put on hold for more than two decades. When examination of the planet resumed, scientists focused more on the search for habitable environments than for life, and specifically on the search for water.
The slew of rovers, orbiters, Life On Mars landers revealed evidence of water beneath the crust, hot springs — considered an excellent potential environment for life to evolve — and occasional rare precipitation. Although the Curiosity rover isn't a life-finding mission, there are hopes that it could pinpoint locations that later visitors might explore and analyze. Future mission to Mars could include sample returnsbringing pieces of the Martian crust back to Earth to study. More experiments could be run by hand on Earth than can be performed by a remote robot explorer, and would be more controlled than meteorites that have lain on Earth.
But the hunt for Martian life may be stymied by concerns over how to prevent infecting the Red Planet with Earth life. Current international policies impose heavy financial burdens Life On Mars make exploring potentially habitable regions of Mars an extra challenge. Schulze-Makuch, a researcher at Washington State University, and his colleague Alberto Fairen of Cornell University authored a commentary article published in the journal Nature Geoscience arguing for less-strict protection measures for Mars.
The transfer of material from Mars to Earth and presumably back again has sparked some debate about the possibility of contamination early in the history of life.
Some scientists argue that a meteorite from Earth could have traveled to Mars — or vice versa. Debates rage over whether or not tiny organisms would be hardy enough to survive the voyage through a freezing, airless, radiation-filled vacuum and kick off life at its new home. The idea of such seeding is not limited to interactions with Mars. Some have proposed that debris from outside the solar system could even be responsible for spawning life on Earth.
But in terms of the Red Planet, it is possible that scientists might one day find life on Mars — and it could be a close relation, Life On Mars. And if so, did it spawn us or did we spawn it? Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: community space. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. This is part of a larger,high-resolution color mosaic made from images obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera.
Image released August 14, A microscopic view into a thin slice of the Martian meteorite Nakhla. A fracture tan and tunnels in boxes are similar in size and shape to tunnels associated with DNA in terrestrial rocks. How these were formed is not known, however; no Life On Mars was found. See the full list. Title: Life on Mars — Titled after the David Bowie song of the same name, this is a great time travel drama. I've just finished watching the first part, and I think its safe to assume I'm going to be addicted for the next few weeks.
The plot revolves around a policeman who is transported back in time to when he is run over by a car. He finds himself wearing different clothes in a strange Manchester he has never seen before. As well as coping with the new decade he now inhabits and the sense of displacement he feels, he also is forced to deal with the crimes of 33 years ago, using very primitive methods. A WPC tries to help this fish out of water, but can he ever find his way back home again?
And what is with these strange voices in his head.? Sufficed to say, we'll find out the answers soon enough, and I for one can't wait! But for those who are sick of cheap reality shows clogging up our schedules and want something with a bit more substance, you're in for a treat.
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