Hey space lovers! Looks like we have some exciting news about the surveys being done on Mars! An article on Space.com discusses the findings of the Curiosity rover. There are some tiny, tiny molecules in the ground and methane in the atmosphere that could point to organic processes. The survey heated the ground and studied the molecules that were released. According to the article:
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has identified a variety of organic molecules, the carbon-based building blocks of life as we know it, in 3.5-billion-year-old Red Planet rocks, one of the papers reports.
"These results do not give us any evidence of life," stressed study lead author Jennifer Eigenbrode, a scientist at the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. [The Search for Life on Mars: A Photo Timeline]
"But there is a possibility that [the organics] are from an ancient life source; we just don't know," Eigenbrode told Space.com. "And even if life was never around, they [the molecules] tell us there was at least something around for organisms to eat."
Pretty exciting stuff, fellow nerds. Check out the rest of the article here.