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The Curiosity Rover found a great indication of life on Mars



The NASA Curiosity Rover made a remarkable discovery this week that may indicate signs of life on Mars.

The surprising development reported by the New York Times brings legitimacy to the long-held notion that aliens could actually occupy the red planet.

According to a survey conducted by NASA's Curiosity Rover on Wednesday, scientists in the air on Mars discovered large amounts of methane – an indication that microbes could survive on the planet. As the Times noted, methane is usually produced only by living things.

Business Insider has asked NASA for comment.

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This image from Curiosity's mastcam shows inclined sandstone beds interpreted as deposits of small deltas taken from Rivers that flow from the edge of Gale Crater into a lake that is now Mount Sharp. It was inaugurated on March 13, 2014 north of the waypoint "Kimberley".
Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

On March 25, 2014, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity looks south from the mastcam to the Kimberley waypoint. In the foreground, several sandstone beds show a systematic inclination to the south, indicating a progressive spread of deltas in this direction (towards Mount Sharp).
Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

This image shows sloped beds characteristic of delta deposits, where a stream joins a lake, but higher and further south than other delta deposits north of Mount Sharp. This suggests that several episodes of delta growth are southbound. It's from Curiosity's Mastcam.
Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

This evenly layered rock, photographed by the mast camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover on August 7, 2014, shows a typical pattern of sediment deposition on the lake floor, not far from the place where running water enters a lake.
Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

This image shows an example of a thin-layered, uniformly stratified rock found in the US "Pahrump Hills" formation at the foot of Mount Sharp on Mars. The mastcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover took this view on October 28, 2014. This type of rock can form under a lake.
Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS




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SHOW CAPTION [19659017] It's not the first time scientists have found methane on Mars: in 2004, scientists reported the discovery after three years of observation of methane in the air. "We are 99 percent confident," Dr. Michael Mumma, senior scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, told the Times following this news. "Actually, it all surprised us, we are still trying to understand what it means."

In 2013, however, new measurements by the Curiosity Rover found that the atmosphere contained very little or no methane, which reduced the prospect of methane life on the planet. The author of the study, Christopher Webster, director of the Micro Devices Laboratory at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, described these findings in an interview with Business Insider in 2013 as "disappointing for many."

According to an e-mail received from the Times, Ashwin R. Vasavada The Mission's project scientist wrote to his team: "In light of this surprising result, we have reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment." The results of these observations are expected on Monday.

Read The New See the full York Times article here.

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