NASA's Opportunity rover is braving an extreme dust storm on Mars

Уфолог заявил о захороненном гуманоиде на Марсе

A companion article an outside expert describes the findings as 'breakthroughs in astrobiology.' Likewise, important evidence by Kirsten Seebach, Rice University geologists, she found organic matter that was preserved in mudstones and was more than 3 billion years old.

Life on Mars seems to be a distant possibility, but for scientists, it is a solid goal that's already taking shape.

These findings do aid the mission to find life on Mars, as said by Thomas Zurbuchen at NASA headquarters in Washington, "With these new findings, Mars is telling us to stay the course and keep searching for evidence of life".

Opportunity (and Spirit) landed on the Red Planet in January 2004.

Opportunity has routinely beaten the odds during its tenure on Mars, has driven farther than any other vehicle on a world other than Earth, and is the longest surviving spacecraft to ever operate on the Martian surface.

"The Martian surface is exposed to radiation from space". "Those organic molecules could have come from life".

The lab, called the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer or MOMA, is a key instrument on the ExoMars Rover which is scheduled to launch to Mars in July, 2020 from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, NASA said in a statement.

"The storm's atmospheric opacity - the veil of dust blowing around, which can blot out sunlight - is now much worse than a 2007 storm that Opportunity weathered", NASA said. The rock samples also detected traces of sulfur.

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Water-rock chemistry might have generated the methane, but scientists can not rule out the possibility of biological origins.

NASA said that this is not the first time that the Opportunity is experiencing such a tuff condition. "This is all possible because of Curiosity's longevity". It's minimum operating temperature is -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit). Some of these fragments contain sulfur, which could have helped preserve them in the same way sulfur is used to make auto tires more durable, according to Eigenbrode.

"What the organic detections in the rock do is add to the story of habitability". Some of the molecules identified include thiophenes, benzene, toluene, and small carbon chains, such as propane or butene.

Taking the measurements was a slow process since a year on Mars lasts two Earth years.

In case you're wondering, NASA's Curiosity rover is nowhere near Opportunity and is not now threatened by the dust storm.

The Curiosity rover team is also keeping tabs on the dust storm, even though it is located in the Gale Crater on the other side of the planet.

A team of scientists NASA have announced the rare phenomenon on Mars, namely a giant sandstorm that covered the planet.

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