Curiosity Finds Possible Life on Mars

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Could life have existed on Mars even before it flourished on Earth? That’s the word from NASA after the rover Curiosity sent back some very intriguing findings. Anthony explains what exactly the rover discovered.

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“Drilling into a rock near its landing spot, the Curiosity rover has answered a key question about Mars: The red planet long ago harbored some of the ingredients needed for primitive life to thrive.”

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24 comments

Seeker March 18, 2013 - 5:37 AM

imaginaryfoundation! -Anthony

AzKam March 19, 2013 - 2:08 AM

We can never know with 100% certainty that there was ever life on Mars. Even if we gained information such that those people who think science can never be wrong all agree that there was once life there, we would still just be guessing based on the knowledge we've gained so far (of course those types of people would never see it like that).

So my question is, how will we benefit from attempting to answer the question of whether there was life on Mars millions of years ago or not.

Seraph TC March 19, 2013 - 8:09 PM

We'll broaden our own horizons. We'll expand our minds. The search for life on other planets is no less important than searching for fossil evidence on earth, or exploring the seas. The quest for knowledge has existed for as long as we have been developing as a species. The more we learn, the less ignorant we become of our environment (in this case our wider environment within the cosmos), and we become able to develop our cultures in more productive/progressive ways.

AzKam March 19, 2013 - 11:28 PM

I don't think you've addressed the question. I'm asking what is the use of knowing about something that WAS there millions of years ago but isn't there now.

The search for oil was useful because it was still there and we use it. If however we only found out that there WAS oil there a million years ago, then how could we possibly use that knowledge to benefit us?

Seraph TC March 19, 2013 - 11:32 PM

Because it will enable us to understand whether our ideas about the building blocks of life are accurate. It will help us understand how differing ecosystems can evolve. More importantly, it might lead us to discover what happened to wipe that ecosystem out. This is all very useful and important scientific knowledge that may not benefit us immediately, but could well do in the future. Not everything is about immediate results. The project to map the human genome has proven that.

AzKam March 20, 2013 - 3:21 AM

OK… now I see your point

Unazaki March 20, 2013 - 11:18 AM

LOLOLOL Mohawk guy XD

Ramly Doringo March 21, 2013 - 5:05 AM

then talk to a physicist like me hehe

joe biden March 22, 2013 - 3:04 AM

Actually everyone with a nose that points down shouldn't live in the states or Germany.

Nicolas Michaud March 29, 2013 - 7:43 AM

Move civilization to mars preserve earth

Ryan Kody April 4, 2013 - 2:18 PM

Yes!

Josh Miller April 5, 2013 - 7:19 AM

So basically it found…noting

Keovar April 5, 2013 - 1:07 PM

You should try Meetup[dot]com and put sciences of various types in your interests list, along with skepticism. Of course, there are also Facebook groups and pages where people talk about similar stuff, if you happen to live in a place that doesn't have appropriate Meetup groups.

Francesco Carnevale June 2, 2013 - 2:55 AM

I have that shirt

desire July 10, 2013 - 11:19 PM

Nasa drew a penis on mars once

Kaionfire July 29, 2013 - 3:19 AM

I used to be the same! When I was at high school I used to try and talk science with my friends, they basically ignored me and changed the topic to sports or something. Now I'm at university studying chemistry and I talk with people that share my enthusiasm every day!

Dragon tamers August 9, 2013 - 3:27 PM

I'm not drinking any of the water from there.

vgamesx1 August 16, 2013 - 2:21 AM

and how would you know? for all you know part of the water on Earth could have came from Mars and we could be drinking it right now.

relaxaa September 5, 2013 - 12:16 AM

i know that feel bro

Olliverio's September 9, 2013 - 2:23 AM

I think there might be more ingredients for life. Call me crazy if u want, I don't care.

Caleb Q September 9, 2013 - 3:15 AM

what is ur favorite area of science?

thegreattotemaster September 11, 2013 - 2:45 PM

There is oxygen on Mars. However, it exists mostly as part of iron oxide (that gives Mars its reddish colour) and carbon dioxide compounds (The atmosphere of Mars is pretty thin, but what little atmosphere there is, is largely CO2).

Also, even on Earth, there are life-forms that don't use oxygen in the way that we do. Anaerobic bacteria, including many extremophiles, for example. They often live in hostile, oxygen-poor places, such as in volcanoes, under thick ice, or even miles underground.

HOBOGAMER August 29, 2014 - 8:14 AM

Yes i do balive

Daniel Webster April 14, 2020 - 12:14 AM

They have stated everything the planet needs for life to exist is there you know I mean the chances of life existing there right now is much more than 50/50 mainly because of the methane spikes when methane spikes in certain areas it's always symbolic of Life at least on this planet methane decays into carbon dioxide very rapidly so methane bikes in the atmosphere in my opinion and many scientist opinion is proof absolutely of current life I think the photos prove at the very least that trees exist on the planet and microbes however I believe complex life exist on the planet and an intelligent civilization existed at one time but no longer exists