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A Salty, Martian Meteorite

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 08:01 PM

A Salty, Martian Meteorite Offers Clues to Habitability


www.astrobio.net said:

Life as we know it requires energy of some sort to survive and thrive. For plants, that source of energy is the Sun. But there are some microbes that can survive using energy from chemical reactions. Some of them even eat salts, such as perchlorates.

Perchlorate (ClO4-) is a highly oxidized form of chlorine. Perchlorate salts are found not only on Earth, but also on Mars. They’re highly toxic to humans but are useful for components such as rocket fuel.

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