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Jan 08 2015

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Curiosity discovers potential signs of ancient life

in some recent pictures of the Martian surface. The hypthesis of Nora Noffke, a geobiologist at Old Dominion University in Virginia, is that these features on Mars are caused by the same processes on Earth, specifically that they are caused by microbiotic organisms.

Overlay of sketch on photograph from above to assist in the identification of the structures on the rock bed surface. Image credit: Noffke (2015). Image courtesy of ASTROBIOLOGY, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Unfortunately, what actually caused these features will remain conjecture until they are actually sampled and examined by humans, either here on Earth or stationed on Mars.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.newspaceraces.com/2015/01/08/curiosity-discovers-potential-signs-of-ancient-life/

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