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NASA's Curiosity rover finds organic matter on Mars surface

Dec 17, 2014    

Washington: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules, the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, on the surface of the Red Planet.The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on Curiosity found the organic molecules in a drilled sample of the Sheepbed mudstone in Gale crater, the landing site for the Curiosity rover.Organic molecules consist of a wide variety of molecules made primarily of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms.However, organic molecules can also be made by chemical reactions that don't...

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