Mars has been analyzed for a very long time, and all kinds of new exciting findings are surfacing.
It’s been just revealed by experts that a discovery of 4-billion-year old organic molecules that contain nitrogen in a Martian meteorite is shedding new light on the planet’s early history.
New York Post notes that there’s a meteorite called ALH 84001 that has been ejected from the surface of the red planet about 15 million years ago, experts say.
This was found in Antarctica back in 1984. It’s important to note that this exciting discovery has been made by a team of experts that included scientists from the Earth-Life Science Insitute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Nitrogen molecules offer clues to old Mars
Experts claim that the discovery of nitrogen molecules is offering some clues to what Mars was once like.
The important thing to mention is that the presence of water on the planet may have once given it a different appearance and the Red Planet was completely different than what we can see today.
“Because carbonate minerals typically precipitate from the groundwater, this finding suggests a wet and organic-rich early Mars, which could have been habitable and favorable for life to start,” according to the experts’ explanation.
Mars used to be more Earth-like
The notes continue and highlight that “Early Mars may have been more ‘Earth-like’, less oxidizing, wetter and organic-rich. Perhaps it was ‘blue.’”
This exciting research was published in the journal Nature Communications and we suggest that you take a look at the official notes in order to learn more.
Speaking of Mars, the other day we were revealing that the United Arab Emirates had its eyes set on Mars the day before it launched its second satellite ever.
The resulting mission is a Mars orbiter called Hope and this has finished construction, and it’s scheduled to launch this summer.