Mars Rover’s SHERLOC Instrument Detects Diverse Organic Molecules, Fueling Speculation of Life on the Red Planet

NASA’s Perseverance rover, through its SHERLOC instrument, has identified a wide array of organic molecules in rocks within Mars‘ Jezero crater, indicating the potential for past or present life on the planet.

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Published in Nature, the study unveils organic signatures at ten locations and emphasizes the need to investigate both biological and non-biological origins. The findings support the Mars Sample Return program and shed light on Mars’ ancient history, with scientists considering the possibility of microbial life in the crater’s water-filled past over 3.5 billion years ago. The ongoing study provides valuable insights into Mars’ ancient history and supports future missions, including the Mars Sample Return endeavor, to unravel the mysteries of the Red Planet.



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