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Life on Mars could be found 'within 2 years'

Posted on Monday, 30 September, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

ExoMars is one of two upcoming rovers set to land on the Red Planet. Image Credit: ESA
NASA's chief scientist Dr Jim Green is optimistic that the next rovers to visit Mars will find evidence of alien life.
The search for life on Mars could be about to yield some very interesting results thanks to two new rovers that will be heading to the Red Planet in the very near future.

ESA's ExoMars rover, which has been dubbed 'Rosalind' after British chemist Rosalind Franklin, will be equipped with a special drill that it will use to retrieve samples from 6.5ft beneath the surface.

These will then be crushed up and analyzed using the rover's on-board scientific equipment.
NASA's own Mars 2020 rover will also soon be heading to the Red Planet where it too will be searching for signs of life. One of its tasks will be to collect and prepare samples of material for collection by another spacecraft that will later return them to the Earth for study.

Dr Green is so confident about the possibility of finding evidence of life that his focus has turned towards the question of what would happen if such a discovery were to actually be made.

"It will start a whole new line of thinking," he said. "I don't think we're prepared for the results."

"Is that life like us? How are we related? Can life move from planet-to-planet or do we have a spark and just the right environment and that spark generates life - like us or do not like us - based on the chemical environment that it is in?"

Suffice to say, the next couple of years of Mars exploration should be very interesting indeed.

Source: Independent | Comments (5)

Tags: Mars, Life

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by zygote_myles on 30 September, 2019, 10:42
Interesting, yes. They should build an awesome roving type vehicle equipped to unearth fossils as well. If there was life similar to Earth's then there must be a fossil record too. The Mars Fossil Finder. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by It's Just An Opinion on 30 September, 2019, 11:37
Do your best! 3 do your best!
Comment icon #3 Posted by tmcom on 3 October, 2019, 12:26
Like Viking did?
Comment icon #4 Posted by NotAlien7 on 2 November, 2019, 4:01
I believe NASA stated to Congress in 2015 or 16 that they were sure extraterrestrial life would be found within the next two years. Was that just a sales pitch?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Manwon Lender on 2 November, 2019, 6:15
When you say extraterrestrial life, what do you expect it to be?

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