Lunar and Planetary Institute






Explore Community Corner
Community Corner  

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/

comments powered by Disqus
 

More Community Corner

Goodbye, LADEE! Thanks for All the Science (04/18/2014)

NASA Celebrates Earth Day (04/18/2014)

Make-and-take Project Allows Kids to Spot Stars with Earth-like Planets! (04/17/2014)

It's National Library Week! (04/15/2014)

Birth of a New Saturn Moon? (04/15/2014)

April 15 Lunar Eclipse Resources (04/11/2014)

Lunar Eclipes from a Different Perspective (04/11/2014)

Live Streaming of April 14-15 Lunar Eclipse (04/11/2014)

Construction to Begin on OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft (04/10/2014)

Summer Reading Programs (04/10/2014)

LADEE to Continue Gathering Data Up to Planned Lunar Impact (04/03/2014)

NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean Inside Saturn Moon (04/03/2014)

Earth's Sunrises/sunsets Will Produce Red Moon During Lunar Eclipse (04/03/2014)

That Sinking Feeling (03/10/2014)

NASA Seminar Series on Near-Earth Asteroids (03/04/2014)

Tournament Earth 2014 (03/03/2014)

ALA/LPI Marvel Moon Webinar (03/03/2014)

NASA and JAXA Launch New Satellite to Measure Global Rain and Snow (02/27/2014)

Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet (02/04/2014)

NASA Preparing for 2014 Mars/Comet Watch (01/29/2014)

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet (01/28/2014)

NASA, NOAA To Announce 2013 Global Temperature, Climate Conditions (01/16/2014)

Free Girls on Ice Field Trips for High School Students (01/15/2014)

A (LEGO) Model Spacecraft (01/15/2014)

Send Your Name to an Asteroid! (01/15/2014)

NASA Spacecraft Spots Its First New Asteroid (01/08/2014)

NASA, NASM Host 10-Year Mars Rover Events (01/07/2014)

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon (01/02/2014)

Astronaut New Year's Greeting (01/02/2014)

Free Education Webinar Series from NASA Educator Professional Development (01/02/2014)

Summer 2014 Student Opportunities – Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships with NASA (01/02/2014)

NASA Enhances 'Space Station Live' and Launches New Weekly Web Series (01/02/2014)

NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Pinpoints Coldest Spots on Earth (01/02/2014)

NASA Sends New Year’s Greeting to NYC (12/30/2013)

NASA Spacecraft Begins Collecting Lunar Atmosphere Data (12/19/2013)

Contest: NASA’s REEL Science Videos (12/17/2013)

GLOBE at Night Citizen Science (12/17/2013)

NASA Brings 'Big Data' to the Cloud (11/12/2013)

NASA MAVEN Prepares to Launch for Mars! (11/11/2013)

LADEE LIFTS OFF for the MOON! (09/11/2013)

New Set of Explore Science Activities (09/05/2013)

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) 2013! (08/22/2013)

Resource: "A User's Guide to the Universe" Videos Online (03/13/2013)

Mars Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life (03/13/2013)

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil (01/18/2013)

NASA's New Worlds, New Discoveries (01/17/2013)

Liftoff! Juno Mission Launched to Jupiter & Updates (01/08/2013)