NASA discovered organic molecules on Mars


October 22, Kathmandu. NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered the most unknown biological molecules on Mars.

The discovery of organic molecules such as ammonia and benzoic acid on Mars has been taken as a sign of the existence of organisms there in ancient times.

In 2017, NASA used new technology in the Curiosity rover and biological molecules were found during the testing of the collected samples. At that time, as soon as the rover stopped drilling, NASA started collecting cups of chemical mixture in the rover and collecting dust from Mars.

The collected dust contains benzoic acid and ammonia, which are found naturally in plants and animals.

Although these molecules do not have an exact biological indicator of the existence of organisms in the past and present, there are other biological indicators that are clear indications, say NASA researchers.

The purpose of searching for biological molecules on Mars is to understand the planet’s past habitation and to find biological indicators, say NASA researchers.

The Curiosity rover landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 to investigate the weather and geology of Mars and to find out if there is any possibility of life on Mars’ Gail Crater.

NASA launched the Curiosity rover on November 26, 2011. Weighing 899 kg, the rover was powered by plutonium fuel. For five years, Curiosity continued to drill and collect samples.

Curiosity was collecting soil samples from the Bagnold Dune, a 22-mile-long group of gray dunes inside Gale, when its drill stopped working.  In order not to waste the samples, Millan and her colleagues rerouted them

Remember that NASA has sent another rover called Perseverance to Mars in 2020 to explore the possibility of life on Mars. The European Space Agency plans to launch the Franklin Mars rover to Mars in 2022. In support of the agency





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