Quite an organic matter have been recently found on Mars. As per soil samples taken from billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater by the Curiosity rover. The NASA spokesperson has announced it. It has also smelled methane in the controlled atmosphere of Mars.
Finding the life outside Earth focuses on the various stuff of life. It includes organic compounds and various molecules. Although these can exist without life. These organic matters can be of several things. These may include a record of detailing ancient life, a food source for life or whatever that exists in the place of life.
Not withstanding their aim, these work as chemical clues for people busy in researching about Mars.
Although methane is known to be a normal organic molecule. Nevertheless, it is present in other places too, in our solar system. It could be related to the life, like Saturn and Jupiter’s moons Enceladus, Europa and Titan. On the contrary, if life does exist elsewhere, it may be different. It works differently from how we understand life on Earth.
The new inferences are also made available in the studies published on Thursday in the ‘Science’. The researchers believe these findings to be a new breakthrough in the field of astrobiology.
The arena of the search for organic compounds has expanded itself. This looks fundamental in the search for life, is how Paul Mahaffy, study author and director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, explains about it.
The studies are built on advance smaller detections of atmospheric methane and ancient organic compounds on Mars. Those findings have either caused debate or lacked the context for understanding, the research has pointed out.
— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2018
Meanwhile, NASA explains that it does not mean that they have discovered life on Mars. On the other hand, the organic molecules could provide vital clues about it. It is believed that Organic compounds are fundamental to our search for life.
It is the technologically advanced rover, which has been built. The Curiosity was launched on Nov. 26, 2011. The rover landed on Mars’ Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012, with the goal of determining whether Mars was ever able to support microbial life.