NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover detects highest concentrations of organic molecules, sees hints of past life on Red Planet



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NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover (File image)

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Perseverance Mars rover on Wednesday provided the most detailed view of the Martian surface. The rover has reportedly detected the highest concentrations of organic molecules. These molecules can be seen as a potential signal of ancient microbes.
Notably, scientists are eagerly waiting to confirm the potential signal of these microbes once these samples are brought to Earth. Earlier aslo organic matter has been found on Mars. However, this time, the discovery is promising as these organic molecules were found in an area where sediment and salts were deposited into a lake, reported AFP.

These conditions are suitable for life. “It is very fair to say that these are going to be, these already are, the most valuable rock samples that have ever been collected,” said David Shuster, a Perseverance return sample scientist, as quoted by the news agency.

Also Read: NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover discovers volcanic rocks in Jezero Crater.

These molecules are primarily made of carbon. They also include Hydrogen and oxygen. Sometimes organic molecules are also made of other elements. These compounds are not always created by biological processes.

The Mars Sample Return mission will bring back these samples to Earth. The mission is a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Perseverance landed on Mars on February 18 last year on the 45-kilometre-wide Jezero Crater. According to reports, the rocks and lava on Mars that the rover is examining are almost four billion years old.

The rover has also discovered that the Red Planer has several volcanic rocks composed of large grains of olivine. This muddier less-gemlike version of peridot also tints Hawaii’s beaches dark green.



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