Mars Curiosity Rover Found Ancient Organic Material and 'Mysterious' Methane, NASA Announces

NASA news conference Mars announcement

But finding a trove of organic molecules on Mars is a big breakthrough for astrobiology, as organic molecules could be food for microbes, even if it doesn't represent life itself.

There is a silver lining: as we mention above and NASA was quick to point out, "while commonly associated with life, organic molecules also can be created by non-biological processes and are not necessarily indicators of life", which is encouraging. In chemistry, almost all molecules containing both carbon and hydrogen are organic compounds.

Although tantalizing, the two findings remain far from definitive when it comes to past or present life on Mars.

'I'm confident that our ongoing and planned missions will unlock even more breathtaking discoveries on the Red Planet'. Curiosity can only drill a few centimeters into Martian rocks, and it lacks the advanced tools necessary to search for more complex markers of life.

The rover was able to heat the samples to between 932 and 1508 degrees Fahrenheit and study the organic molecules released through gas analysis. The organic molecules and volatiles, comparable to samples of sedimentary rock rich in organics on Earth, included thiopene, methylthiophenes methanethiol and dimethylsulfide. Scientists released new findings on Thursday providing more evidence that suggest Mars was once a habitable planet.

NTSB: Tesla driver did not have hands on wheel before fatal crash
Investigators blame a mistake made by Tesla's Autopilot system for a mistake that killed Wei "Walter" Huang in a Tesla auto crash. Huang was still belted into the driver's seat but bystanders rescued him from the vehicle before it was consumed by flames.

NASA has been searching for confirmation of organic molecules on Mars since the 1970s when it sent the Viking landers to the planet. "And then we went, 'oops, not only did we not find it, but we don't really know what we're looking for if it's not exactly like Earth.' And maybe that was not the best way to go about it". This is the most compelling evidence yet that this dry planet once held lakes filled with carbon-based compounds capable of sustaining life. Samples of ancient mudstone yielded a diversity of organic molecules in SAM's oven-and in a separate study, five years' worth of atmospheric samples gathered by SAM tracked fluctuating levels of methane that peaked in the Martian summer.

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover snaps a self-portrait at a site called Vera Rubin Ridge on the Martian surface in February 2018 in this image obtained on June 7, 2018.

For the first time, scientists say they have clear evidence that the chemical building blocks of life exist on Mars.

Living things produce a lot of organic molecules. More powerful spacecraft are needed to prove whether life ever existed on Mars.

Earlier today, NASA reported that its Mars Curiosity rover made some curious new discoveries on the Red Planet.

Daniels sues former attorney, accuses him of working with Trump
She is fighting to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 election. But Giuliani has since weighed in on other topics, including the alleged Clifford affair.

The facility is hosting 10 university teams Thursday for an exercise on extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. The crystals may have obtained methane from ancient forms of life.

"[Curiosity's] molecular observations do not clearly reveal the source of the organic matter in [Gale Crater]".

Furthermore, Pontefract says, ExoMars and NASA's Mars 2020 mission will use tools that take a different approach to analyze organics. It follows the discovery of organic molecules in 2014 that appeared to be much more sparse.

Both the methane gas and soil compounds are organic matter. "But it doesn't tell us that life was there". And, she says, it gives us an idea where to look.

It "defines how questions will be asked and pursued in the next stage of Mars exploration", Anbar, who was not involved in the study, told AFP by email.

76ers president Bryan Colangelo resigns following Twitter scandal
The publication of The Ringer article sparked a huge response on social media, most noticeably from Joel Embiid ( see story ). Other tweets alluded to sensitive information about events leading to Markelle Fultz's freaky season-long shooting yips.

Related News:

  • Liverpool Reach Agreement With Lyon For Nabil Fekir

    Liverpool Reach Agreement With Lyon For Nabil Fekir

    But Aulas has revealed that the transfer is not close and is unlikely to happen before the start of the World Cup next Thursday. The French club's president Jean-Michel Aulas had hoped a bidding war would ensue for Fekir.

    33-year-old sister of Dutch queen dies in Argentina

    Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reported that Queen Maxima was shocked and devastated by the news of her sister's death. Queen Maxima also has two brothers, Martin and Juan, as well as three half-sisters from her father's first marriage.
    Many breast cancer patients can safely skip chemotherapy

    Many breast cancer patients can safely skip chemotherapy

    The benefits were seen in some breast and bowel cancer patients, with the supplement thought to reduce inflammation. In addition, these early tumors must be sized at five centimeters or less and not invasive to the lymph nodes.
  • AMD shows off 32-core Threadripper 2 and new Vega GPUs

    AMD shows off 32-core Threadripper 2 and new Vega GPUs

    It goes without saying that the second-generation EPYC will be even more important for AMD than the first-generation. Luckily, Vega did appear briefly thanks to PowerColor, as the architecture received its first Nano variant.
    Caps on top: Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3

    Caps on top: Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3

    After decades of heartbreak, the Washington Capitals have finally reached the top. It was the first championship for a professional DC-based team in 26 years.
    New Facebook privacy furore: What's at stake?

    New Facebook privacy furore: What's at stake?

    Archibong also said that these cases were "very different" from the use of data by third party developers in the Cambridge row. Facebook denied that its data-sharing agreements have led to misuse or abuse of user data.
  • Trump talks tough on trade ahead of G-7 meetings in Canada

    Trump talks tough on trade ahead of G-7 meetings in Canada

    At the same time, the president also praised Trump's decision to hold a meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Now that they've gotten everyone's attention, it would be good if the Trump administration's next move is constructive.
    USA  police chase soldier who stole armoured vehicle

    USA police chase soldier who stole armoured vehicle

    The vehicle then made its way northbound on Interstate 95 and was being followed by State Police, according to police. Also, the tank didn't have any weapons, and while Yabut did have his sidearm, he did not have any ammunition.
    Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank during raid

    Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank during raid

    The 17-year-old Ahed has drawn worldwide attention for her arrest after slapping an Israeli soldier in the face in December. A cousin of hers had been shot in the head earlier in the day during clashes with Israeli soldiers, her lawyers have said.
  • Capitals clip Golden Knights to capture their first Stanley Cup

    Capitals clip Golden Knights to capture their first Stanley Cup

    He provided many timely plays en route to the team's first ever Stanley Cup, including two of the biggest goals of his career. The Golden Knights tied it at 9:40 when Schmidt's shot deflected in off Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen's right skate.
    Samantha Bee Returns To Show, Uses Upped Viewership To Talk Immigration

    Samantha Bee Returns To Show, Uses Upped Viewership To Talk Immigration

    Bee said she doesn't plan to steer away from political issues, though, and went into a new segment on immigration right after apology.
    French Open round-up: Thiem ready for 'very tough' quarter-final against Zverev

    French Open round-up: Thiem ready for 'very tough' quarter-final against Zverev

    He was joined in the men's quarterfinals by Dominic Thiem , his next opponent, and the rejuvenated Novak Djokovic . And the last 10 years you needed to beat at least two of them in a Grand Slam to win, and not many players did it.


Most liked

Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles shares real photo of twins Rumi and Sir
Beyonce first introduced the twins to the world when she posted a birth announcement photo in July 2017. The never-before-seen video was followed by a message reading " This is real love " flashing on screen.

Iconic Fashion Designer, Kate Spade Found Dead In Her Apartment
Kate and Andy were married in 1994, a year after they founded the Kate Spade New York line of handbags designed by Kate. Andy said that the two lived near each other, spoke or saw each other daily, and continued to take vacations together.

Vladimir Putin: West wrongly sees Russia as a threat
He noted that he has not had a one-on-one summit with Trump as he did with former presidents Obama and George W. Putin mentioned seeing a German news headline declaring, " Donald Trump pushes Europe into Putin's arms".

NASA Finds Concentrated Batch Of Organic Molecules On Mars
She said the discoveries break down some of the strongest arguments put forward by life-on-Mars skeptics, herself included. The molecules could be the remnants of past organisms, the result of chemical reactions with rocks or simply space debris.

Here’s How Aamir Khan Expressed His Happiness For Kaala & Superstar Rajinikanth
As Rajinikanth's much-anticipated film Kaala hits the screens, the film has received an overwhelming response from the screens. A trade analyst has been quoted in reports admitting that Rajini's last few films haven't done too well.

The Koch Brothers Are Taking On Donald Trump Over Tariffs
Koch is retiring from his position at Koch Industries due to poor health according to an internal memo obtained by Reuters . He has also given $185 million in total donations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater.

Facebook alerts 14M to privacy bug that changed status composer to public
That way, users can reset a post that was inadvertently set to public back to being shared just with friends if they would like. The mistake happened, that company said, when it was building a new way for people to share "featured items" on their profiles.

Muguruza obliterates Sharapova, into French Open SF
She went on to commit only 16 errors over the course of the next two, which was the difference in getting the win. A nervous start from the Spaniard was immediately pounced upon by Halep for a break in the opening game.

Tim Cahill off to Russian Federation as Australia squad finalised
The Hibernian striker was a part of Bert van Marwijk's 32-man squad , but wasn't named as part of a lead-up training camp. The 38-year-old, who will be playing in his fourth World Cup , is joined by Millwall teammate James Meredith .

Ryan Says There's 'No Evidence' The FBI Informant Spied On Trump's Campaign
Ryan also warned President Trump not to pardon himself , as a debate rages on over the president's constitutional powers. Even after Gowdy said there's nothing to Trump's allegations, the White House has sought to keep the waters muddy.

Val Kilmer returns for 'Top Gun: Maverick'
The sequel, which is being produced by leading man Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer , is expected to reach movie theatres next summer. While everyone is looking back and feeling nostalgic, there was even more big news for the Top Gun sequel on Wednesday.

Trustees report warns Medicare finances worsening
This year, the program's cost will outstrip total income by $2 billion and non-interest income by $85 billion, the report said. A major reason for Social Security's long-term financial problems is a decline in the number of workers for each beneficiary.

Sentosa to host Trump-Kim meet
The president added that the North Koreans are also prepared: "I think they've been preparing for a long time, also". Some of Kim's recent missile tests have crossed into Japanese airspace.

Supreme Court dismisses Northern Ireland abortion law appeal
It is only permitted if a woman's life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health. As a result, the justices said the Supreme Court "has no jurisdiction " in the proceedings to strike down the law.

Figo: Real Madrid have given a lot to Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo wants to be given a contract that would see him become the highest paid player in the world again. Expect these rumours to gather a lot more steam as time in the open transfer window progresses.