The new study gives new hopes for the theory of past life on Mars

May 24, 2018 - By Michael Collier

The new study gives new hopes for the theory of past life on Mars

The new study gives new hopes for the theory of past life on Mars

The recent examination of the UK and its soil showed fatty acids molecules in acidic streams which can help with solving the riddle of life’ existence on Mars. How is the UK connected with Mars?

At first, these fatty acids are the main block in the building of biological cells.  And scientists from London Imperial College in the UK say it may explain the past of Mars. They believe that almost 12 000 pools with organic matter in Olympic sizes exist on Mars and keep the traces of ancient life.

The head of Imperial College Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Mark Sephton simply does not believe that traces of existed life on Mars can disappear after billion of years.

“Mars harbored water billions of years ago, meaning some form of life might have thrived there,” he says “If life existed before the water dried up, it would probably have left remains that are preserved to this day in Martian rock”.

The UK Dorset is the place of sulfur streams which is very acidic and hosts bacteria that can survive even in the tough conditions.

There is the place in St Oswald’s Bay that according to scientists could replicate Mars environment billions of years back. Researchers check the local landscape as a possible prototype of Mars in its best days and examined the substance that survived in the rock deposits.

They checked mineral goethite which is rich on iron and transforms in hematite. This mineral is widespread on Mars, and gives it red color we used to see. If this mineral has traces of life on this planet, it possibly could do the same for Mars.

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