Volume 91 Issue 11 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 18, 2013 | Web Date: March 14, 2013

Curiosity Finds A Hospitable Mars

Planetary Science: Rock dust shows watery minerals, neutral pH, and an unusual energy source for microbes
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: Mars, Curiosity, habitability, NASA, chemolithoautotroph

The planet Mars was hospitable to microbial life at some point in its history. That’s the conclusion from analyses of martian rock samples pulverized by instruments aboard the NASA rover Curiosity seven months after it landed on the Red Planet.

Curiosity’s analyses of the first sample of rock ever drilled on another planet have yielded strong evidence that microbes could have thrived on Mars several billion years ago. NASA scientists announced the results . . .

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