While I remain skeptic about the views that it’s impossible to have life outside earth, facts have always proved me otherwise. Okay, there might be some planet in which you have water in the solid form but then that planet may not have a layer of atmosphere. But then again, you find these cave paintings which have pictures of some form which doesn’t seem of earth and you find it in many places. Most of these pictures depict a being coming from the sky and living with the people.
But now, scientists have recently found out a fragment of a 1.3 billion-year-old Martian meteorite that shows signs that it once held water. This might suggest that the red planet may have been habitable, scientists say.
And to add to the excitement of the situation, while investigating the Martian meteorite, known as Nakhla, Dr Elias Chatzitheodoridis of the National Technical University of Athens happened to find an unusual feature embedded inside the rock.
“In many ways it resembled a fossilised biological cell from Earth but it was intriguing because it was undoubtedly from Mars. Our research found that it probably wasn’t a cell but that it did once hold water – water that had been heated, probably as a result of an asteroid impact,” Professor Ian Lyon at the University of Manchester’s School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, said.
“We have been able to show the setting is there to provide life. It’s not too cold, it’s not too harsh. Life as we know it, in the form of bacteria, for example, could be there, although we haven’t found it yet. It’s about piecing together the case for life on Mars – it may have existed and in some form could exist still,” Lyon said.
The findings are published in the journal Astrobiology.
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