NASA rover finds signs of ancient organic material on Mars

NASA announced Thursday that its Curiosity rover had found organic matter on Mars, a new but inconclusive finding suggesting that the Red Planet might have had the building blocks of life. The samples were taken from 3.5 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale Crater. “These results do not give us any evidence of life,” said study lead author Jennifer Eigenbrode, a scientist at the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. “But there is a possibility that [the organics] are from an ancient life source; we just don’t know. And even if life was never around, [the molecules] tell us there was at least something around for organisms to eat.”

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