Intriguing images captured by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity in all probability do not have a organic origin, mission staff members say, although they are not one hundred percent certain it appears. An exterior researcher lately analyzed the incredible images Curiosity took of an historic sedimentary outcrop referred to as Gillespie Lake; he believes to have identified “microbially induced sedimentary structures” (MISS) very similar to those found on planet Earth.
Geobiologists mentioned that the features on the Gillespie Lake could possibly be consistent with a biological origin, although clarifying afterwards that this is just a speculation; and that these structures should not be regarded as proof that the red planet did in fact have lifeforms in the past.
The Curiosity team members additionally observed the Gillespie Lake which embraces several domes, cracks and pockets, amongst different shapes speculating different theories that the ones proposed by some Geobiologists.
If mission scientists had determined to review the features of Gillespie Lake extra carefully, they may have taken up-close photographs utilizing Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager which could provide some seriously good images that could be used to study these features more accurately. The rover could also drill into the Martian surface delivering powder to the Sample Analysis (SAM) instrument, which is able to detect carbon-containing organic molecules.
The Curiosity crew did resolve to drill right into a layer of high-quality-grained mudstone dubbed as Sheepbed that is located beneath the Gillespie Lake inside a broader area close to the rover’s touchdown spot referred to by crew members as Yellowknife Bay.
SAM’s evaluation of the Sheepbed mudstone brought back very interesting results; together with different observations and research performed by NASA’s curiosity rover, crew members found out that Yellowknife Bay could have supported microbial life in ancient Martian times, and when I say ancient times I mean like 3.5 billion of years ago. The researched location was a part of a lake-stream system that could have supported life hundreds of thousands of years ago.
But what is perhaps one of the most important findings is that SAM detected organics in the Sheepbed sample; marking the primary definitive detection of life’s building blocks on Mars changing greatly what scholars believed about Mars and its past. The Curiosity rover landed inside Mars’ large Gale Crater in August 2012 then, spending a year explored the Yellowknife Bay.
Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST aboard the MSL spacecraft and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC.
The rover’s goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site inside Gale Crater has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies in preparation for future human exploration.