- New NASA Finding Suggests Mars May Have Life After All – Report
NASA’s Curiosity rover previously detected traces of methane on Mars, confirmed by the European Space Agency (ESA) Mars Express mission. The Mars Trace Gas Orbiter, which recently landed on Mars, however, showed no signs of the gas, puzzling scientists. This week, Curiosity again found methane at much higher levels than previously measured.
The Red Planet appears to give off methane from time to time, a possible indication of microbial life beneath the planet’s surface. New readings from NASA’s Curiosity rover received on Friday again detected methane but at much higher concentrations than earlier reported, according to The New York Times.
Launched in 2011, Curiosity first detected methane on the Martian surface in 2013 but evidence for the gas later disappeared, leaving scientists bewildered as to how to interpret the readings. The findings were then confirmed by an ESA orbital spacecraft known as the Mars Express, which also detected a methane spike.
- NASA’s Curiosity rover detects surprisingly high amounts of methane on Mars – a gas that is usually produced by living things
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* NASA’s Curiosity rover measured high amounts of methane gas on Wednesday
* It found 21 parts per billion of methane in the air, three times what was found during a 2013 measurement
* The findings led scientists to scheduled a follow-up experiment this weekend
* On Earth, methane is usually produced by living entities, meaning it’s possible that the newfound methane shows there’s signs of microbes on Mars