Astrobiology: March 2013 Archives

Curiosity Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars

"An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month. "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "From what we know now, the answer is yes."



Monthly Archives

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries in the Astrobiology category from March 2013.

Astrobiology: February 2013 is the previous archive.

Astrobiology: April 2013 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.