This illustration portrays some of the reasons why finding organic chemicals on Mars is challenging. Whatever organic chemicals may be produced on Mars or delivered to Mars face several possible modes of being transformed or destroyed.
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The new space race: why we need a human mission to Mars
A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, but do not prove, that life may have existed ear
Some Data from Detection of Organics in a Rock on Mars
Data graphed here are examples from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) laboratory's detection of Martian organics in a sample of powder that the drill on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected from a rock target called "Cumberland.
Veiny 'Garden City' Site and Surroundings on Mount Sharp, Mars - This March view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows a site with a network of prominent mineral veins below a cap rock ridge on lower Mount Sharp.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover sees this view to the south at the Kimberley waypoint. Multiple sandstone beds in the foreground display systematic inclination possibly indicating progressive build-out of the sediments toward Mount Sharp.
The results of Earth-bound lab experiments appear to back up the theory that dark lines on Martian slopes are created by water