Mars Meteorites Reveal Drought Wiped Out Alien Life On The Red Planet

Posted: Nov 12 2016, 7:03am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Mars Meteorites Reveal Drought Wiped out Alien Life on the Red Planet
Meteorite accumulation at Victoria Crater. Credit: Image courtesy of University of Stirling
  • Meteorites show the drought on Mars is millions of years old
 

An international team of planetary scientists studying meteorites found life on Mars would be difficult

Sustaining life on Mars has been on the forefront of every planetary scientist on Earth. They all want the answer to one question; can life exist on Mars? 

But for life to continue water is of the utmost essence and Mars does not seem to have much of it. New evidence shows the lack of water on mars is profound.

An international team of planetary scientists, who were studying meteorites from the Red Planet, have found Mars has been in drought for millions of years.

The study led by University of Stirling found there is a lack of rust on the meteorites from Mars. The meteorites studied were collected from the Meridiani Planum brought back by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

It indicates the Red Planet has been substantially dry for a very long time. The evidence has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

The findings provide important information into the Red Planet’s current environment and how difficult it would be to sustain any kind of life on it.

Dr. Christian Schröder was the Science Team Collaborator for the Mars Exploration Rover mission. According to Schröder, the evidence indicates 3 billion years ago mars would have been habitable due to the presence of water.

But the current research shows today Mars is extremely dry. The only way life could exits on Mars would be underground, where there may be a possibility of moisture. Beneath the surface the dryness and even the radiation from the surface would be avoided.

Although this very year the Curiosity Rover found very salty liquid water can condense over top layers of Martian soil overnight. However it would be much less than moisture found in the driest places on Earth.

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