USA: 'Curiosity' discovers organic matter in Mars lake — NASA

SOT, DR. Paul Mahaffy, Director of solar exploration division in NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre: «Really exciting times. I reinforce what you said, I mean, life, organic compounds on earth just so much bear the imprint of life that it is very natural for us to equate finding organics on Mars with finding life but that's not the bottom line of what we're trying to get out here. The bottom line is... Еще we have greatly expanded our search for organic compounds which are ultimately fundamental to our search for life and it's really interesting, kinda two complimentary results: one result is organics from billion-year-old rocks that got trapped into the rocks in an ancient lake billions of years ago and the second really is the simplest organic Methane in the atmosphere.» NASA scientists were on hand to break exciting news of billion-year-old organic molecules found in a Mars lake bed during a live broadcast from NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland on Thursday. «One result is organics from billion-year-old rocks that got trapped into the rocks in an ancient lake billions of years ago and the second really is the simplest organic Methane in the atmosphere,» announced director of solar exploration division in NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre DR. Paul Mahaffy as he discussed the nature of discovered organics. While NASA scientists were quick to point out that these organics did not necessarily translate to «life on Mars,» as astronomer Michelle Thaller explained «they are really important next step into finding out whether Mars was once habitable or might be still habitable.»

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