Photograph: NASA / JPL-Caltech 19659004 Curiosity has found amazingly high amounts of methane in the Martian Air "on Wednesday, which could potentially be a sign of life on the Red Planet, the New York Times reported.
The discovery of methane would be a great discovery because, as the Times notes, it collapses within a few centuries sunlight and chemical reactions – meaning it was supposed to be generated very recently in and The high levels of methane can potentially be generated underground by microbes called methanogens, Project Master Ashwin R. Vasavadas told the science team about the curiosity that "given this surprising result, we reorganized the weekend to Continue The Experiment, writes The Times
The indications on Wednesday are more than three times more than the sudden jump in 2013, which lasted for several months; after finding nothing after his touch in 2012, Curiosity finds approximately seven parts per billion methane later in the year. The latest measurements are 21 parts per billion.
It is also possible that the Curiosity rover has just discovered pockets of methane flowing from below the surface, writes the Times, and the readings are only preliminary. When methane was similarly found on the surface of Mars in 2004, scientists said methane could also be generated by geothermal reactions involving water and heat, although the precise mechanism by which this could happen on Mars, remains an open question.
The Times wrote:
Scientists from curiosity have developed a technique that allows rivers to find even smaller amounts of methane with their existing instruments. The gas seems to rise and fall with the seasons of the red planet. A new analysis of the old testimony of Mars Express confirmed the Curiosity findings for 2013. One day after curiosity reported a methane jump, the orbit, pasting the Curiosity location, also measured the jump.
But Orbiter Trace Gas, the newer European spacecraft launched in 2016 with more sensitive instruments, has not found methane in its first batch of scientific observations last year.
Marco Jurana, the National Institute of Astrophysics in Italy, scientist Marco Juran, who deals with methane measurement from the orbit of Mars Express, said scientists on Mars Express, Curiosity and Trace Gas are discussing the findings, but there are "many data that to be processed. "
The rover of curiosity is currently diverted from his planned scientific work to follow up on methane readings, according to The Times, with more data expected Monday. 19659006] [New York Times]