Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. It is called the Red planet for its iron oxide red color. Most evidences of life on Mars currently only satisfy the curiosity of scientists working on this interesting question.
Most of which are hinged on photos from sophisticated technology of Rovers. The issue of life on Mars strikes hard for its possibility as an alternative for tourism in the near future!
A range of missions in the late 90s and early 2000s began to send back data that clamed Mars was not always the stagnant world we see today.
There were also indications that Mars might have ice underneath the surface in some areas and may once have had a magnetic field. Subsequent missions slowly built up a picture of a planet that was once like our own 3.8 billion years ago. From the data it was revealed that the Mars might once have had a thicker atmosphere, lakes and oceans.
These are also circumstances that could have induced life to emerge – just as it did on Earth at about the same time.
Just before then, which was the biggest clue to life in Mars? It was the gas, Methane, which was first discovered and reported from pictures from Nasa’s Mars rover, Curiosity. In 2014, the first evidence of life on Mars was reported by Nasa. Burps of methane were reported.
Methane production has associated with waste gas from living organisms. Although previous observations had suggested the same, this particular report recorded an extraordinary measurement of the gas. This was by all means a breakthrough that has since paved ways for other researches and observations till date.
Currently, the two missions of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars consisting of the Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and landing demonstrator Module (EDM), known as Schiaparelli, launched on 14 March 2016, and the other, featuring a rover, with a launch date of 2020 may give answers to what curiosity this first discovery has gifted human awareness- Can Mars be my next abode for real?
Submitted by– Nike O