The Jesuit crater on Mars could soon show scientists signs of ancient microbiological life. NASA planning to land its Mars rover could allow scientists to test that claim in the Mars 2020 mission.
According to a report in Fox 43, Mars 2020 mission will focus on astrobiology, for this purpose, NASA deploys a new series of scientific instruments to the rover.
It will help to investigate claims of discoveries of curiosity that suggested that life had progressed to the Red Planet at some point.
According to the report, the mission will collect rock samples in metal tubes, which will then be further studied on Earth.
Two studies now claim that the Cesero Crater may have signs of ancient life, further study says.
According to the lead author of a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, essays Tarnas, "Using a technique we developed to help us find rare, hard-to-find mineral phases in data taken from an orbital spacecraft, we found two outputs of hydrated silica in the crater. Ezero. "
She further added that it is known that the mineral phase is known for the preservation of microfossils and other biosignments and thus makes them good fodder for study.
The study says the ancient delta is interesting because the presence of hydrated silicates in it causes the rover to find signs of ancient life on Mars.
In another study published in Icarus, quoted by Fox 43, researchers discovered the signature of carbonate minerals in the inner edge of the crater.
According to the study, this intrigues scientists because carbonates can contain information about how Mars is being transformed from a habitable planet to a dry planet.
The mission to Mars in 2020 will see that the rover will be able to examine these carbonates and collect and store rock samples in metal pipes, which can later be studied on Earth, the report said.
Speaking of the same, lead author of the second study, Brijoni Morgan, said that CRISM had been spotting carbonates on the site years ago, but only recently had they noticed how close they were.
The carbonates formed by the interaction between carbon dioxide and water act as time capsules that scientists say could help them discover when Mars began to dry out, the report found.
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