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Mars Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life

Date: 03/13/2013
Category: Mission News & Science
By: Keliann LaConte


An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month.

"A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "From what we know now, the answer is yes."

View the archived NASA news conference here:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29927128

Check out the latest in the Mars in a Minute series, "Why is Curiosity Searching for Organics?" here: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/

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