March 12, 2013
Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month.
"A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "From what we know now, the answer is yes."
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA.
Wow! Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Primitive Life, NASA Says
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 12 March 2013 Time: 01:00 PM ET
It's official: Primitive life could have lived on ancient Mars, NASA says.
A sample of Mars drilled from a rock by NASA's Curiosity rover and then studied by onboard instruments "shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes," NASA officials announced today (March 12) in a statement and press conference.
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