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Mars has building blocks of life



Was there, or is there life on Mars? New research has found that the basic building blocks of life are present on Mars. The study also discovered that “reduced carbon” present in meteorites came from volcanic activity on Mars, and was not the result of contamination on planet earth. Reduced carbon is one that is chemically bonded to hydrogen or itself. This means that “Mars has been undertaking organic chemistry for most of its history.” Without carbon, research team leader Dr Andrew Steele explained, “the building blocks of life cannot exist…So it is reduced carbon that, with hydrogen, with oxygen, with nitrogen make up the organic molecules of life.” The research findings allows scientists to move forward in their probe of life beyond earth.

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