NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars

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An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

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.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20130312.html
 

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Good article thanks for posting it
 
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Rich. Hope they'll find clay minerals, primordial tidal lagoons and pools somewhat indication of prebiotic stage but doubt still lingers since we don't have much confidence of its primordial atmosphere and also that low methane. Or does it have enough criteria for precellular to evolve.

But it do raises the probability even better. TFS
 
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curiosity sees signs of water on mars -

The sedimentary rocks at Yellowknife Bay likely formed when original basaltic rocks were broken into fragments, transported, re-deposited as sedimentary particles, and mineralogically altered by exposure to water.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/news/whatsnew/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=1446



Close-up View of Broken Mars Rock 'Tintina'. This is very interesting

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21340279


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