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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars

Organic matter has been found on Mars in soil samples taken from 3 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater by the Curiosity rover, NASA announced Thursday. The rover has also detected methane in the Martian atmosphere.

美国国家航空航天局周四宣布,“好奇号”火星探测器从盖尔陨石坑(Gale crater) 30亿年前的泥岩中提取的土壤样本中发现了有机物。火星车还在火星大气中检测到甲烷。

The search for life outside Earth focuses on the building blocks of life as we know it, which includes organic compounds and molecules — although these can exist without life. Organic matter can be one of several things: a record detailing ancient life, a food source for life or something that exists in the place of life.“With these new findings, Mars is telling us to stay the course and keep searching for evidence of life,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. “I’m confident that our ongoing and planned missions will unlock even more breathtaking discoveries on the Red Planet.”The discover of extraterrestrial life would open up a world of questions regarding the possibility of sustained life in the future.


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