Scientists have found evidence of life on Mars. A team of scientists have discovered the exact location of a place on Mars from which this mysterious methane gas comes out. This gas is often produced by microorganisms. The thing to note here is that the Curiosity rover of the US space agency NASA is next door. Since the rover landed on Mars’ Gale Crater in 2012, its detection system has detected methane six times.
However, scientists have not yet been able to trace its origin. But now scientists have discovered the source of the methane gas through new analysis. To find an unknown source of methane, researchers at the California Institute of Technology split the methane particles into separate clusters. To find the direction of methane gas, the speed and direction of the wind on the planet at that time was observed. In this way, the team periodically detected methane at their emission points. He thus discovered areas rich in methane. One of them was a few kilometers from the rover.
Signs of life can be seen from methane on Mars
The researchers wrote in their research paper that the results indicate that there is an active emission zone southwest of the Curiosity rover at the sites of the west and northwest craters. Perhaps it was a coincidence that we chose a landing site for Curiosity, located next to the active methane emission site. The possibility that methane excites scientists. According to the researchers, all of the methane in Earth’s atmosphere is produced from biological sources. In such a situation, there may be some evidence that life also exists on Mars.
The source of methane may be covered with dust
Although methane is produced by non-biological processes, it also indicates the presence of liquid water and associated geological activity. Before or after this liquid water may have been an important component for the development of life. Professor John Moore, a planetologist at York University in Toronto, said methane could escape from somewhere on the surface of Mars. It can be covered in dust and it is almost impossible to find it. However, we still don’t know if methane is only produced by small organisms. The lifespan of methane is 330 years. After that, it is completely destroyed by sunlight.
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