January 18 2022 9:07 GMT
Updated: January 18 2022 9:10 GMT
NASA, the US space agency, has collected samples of the possibility of ancient life on the surface of Mars.
The agency’s Curiosity spacecraft has been on a mission for nearly a decade to determine whether life on Mars is habitable.
A new analysis of sediment samples collected by the rover revealed the presence of carbon and potentially ancient life on the red planet, CNN reported on Tuesday.
He added that this could be a possible explanation for why the planet exists.
The network explained that carbon is the basis of all life on Earth and that the carbon cycle is a natural process of recycling carbon atoms.
He pointed out that on our own planet, carbon atoms move in a cycle as they move from the atmosphere to Earth and then back into the atmosphere.
He noted that most of the carbon is found in rocks and sediments, and the rest is found in the global oceans, atmosphere and organisms.
“This is why carbon atoms, which have their own recycling cycle, are trace elements of biological activity on Earth, so they can be used to help researchers find ancient life on Mars,” the network said.
“When these atoms are measured inside another object: Mars deposits, they can shed light on the planet’s carbon cycle, no matter when it occurs.”
Learning more about the origin of the newly discovered Mars carbon could reveal the process of carbon rotation on Mars, citing a NASA study published in the American journal National Science.
The study found that sediment samples collected between 2012 and 2021 were heated to about 1,562 degrees Fahrenheit (850 degrees Celsius) to separate the elements; It released methane samples, which were then analyzed by another instrument in the rover’s arsenal to show the presence of stable carbon isotopes or carbon atoms.
“Carbon samples are similar to those taken in Australia from sediments 2.7 billion years old,” said Christian House, a professor of geology and professor of geology at Penn State University.
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