Scientists claim new data is ‘strongest evidence yet’ that Mars may have supported life

Scientists claim new data is strongest evidence yet that Mars may have supported life
Scientists claim new data is strongest evidence yet that Mars may have supported life

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]omponents required to sustain simple microorganisms could have been present on Mars for much of its history, say scientists.

A huge crater on the surface of Mars may hold the strongest evidence yet that there was life on the Red Planet.

Research published in the journal ‘Nature Geoscience‘ suggests that the components requiredtosustain simple microorganisms could have been present on Mars for much of its history.

Scientists studying the McLaughlin crater, which was made when a meteorite smashed into the surface of the planet, believe that the ingredients of life may have been present in the “Martian subsurface” – a zone up to three miles beneath the surface.

A number of rocks thrown up by the impact of the meteorite contain minerals and clay whose chemical structure appears to have been altered bywater.

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