NASA Curiosity rover perhaps sitting near a plethora of information that might hint at signs of life on Mars. A new scientist i Space.com note that Caltech researchers have identified six sites for “burping” methane (that is, emissions) on the planet, including one just a few tens of miles west southwest of curiosity. Ideally, the rover could investigate the shows and determine their true nature.
Curiosity has revealed how methane methane erupts six times since landing on Mars in 2012, but scientists have so far been unable to locate their sources. European company Trace Gas Orbiter also did not notice methane at atmospheric levels. The Caltech team narrowed terrestrial sources by modeling methane particles as packets and tracking their routes based on historical wind speeds.
The research has not been reviewed yet, so we would take it with a grain of salt. It is also entirely possible that the gas has an inorganic origin. Even if this is the case, belching could be related to geological activity associated with liquid water. Early Mars was reportedly held huge amounts of water – even if there is no active water on these springs, a close study can help you illustrate the history of Mars.
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