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Nasa Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars


Mudstone target, Mars

The first definitive detection of Martian organic chemicals in material on the surface of Mars came from analysis by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover of sample powder from this mudstone target, "Cumberland."

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory's drill.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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