Evidence of Water Found In Martian Meteorite And Hints Of Life Too

Evidence of Water Found In Martian Meteorite And Hints Of Life Too

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The Martian meteorite named, Yamato 000593 probably left the martian surface 12 million years ago after an impact with the red planet launched the rock into space. It then drifted towards Earth for many years before landing in Antartica 50,000 years ago. 

Scientists at NASA recently reported the finding of two features within the meteorite that point to a previous wet Mars and the possbility of it having harboured life in the past. The first feature was the formation of tunnels and micro-tunnels. These are found in Earth rocks when bacteria interact with rocks. The second finding was of carbon rich spherules in the rock. Both of these findings are associated with Martian clay indicating water existed on the planet in the past. In addition, they hint at the possibility of life on Mars too. The image above shows the carbon rich spherules in the red circle and the carbon poor blue zone.


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http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-065&rn=news.xml&rst=4063


Image credit: NASA

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