Part 1: Silicas – and Hot Springs? – Could Mean Ancient Life On Mars

“On Earth, hydrothermal deposits [hot springs] teem with life and the associated silica deposits typically contain fossil remains of microbes.”

- Jack Farmer, Ph.D., Astrobiology, Arizona State Univ.

 

Dark “horse head” of Syrtis Major Planum rises at center of this Hubble telescope image of Mars. On the right side of that darkness is Elysium Planitia; on the left is Arabia Terra. Image courtesy Hubble.
Dark “horse head” of Syrtis Major Planum rises at center of this Hubble telescope image of Mars. On the right side of that darkness is Elysium Planitia; on the left is Arabia Terra. Image courtesy Hubble.

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February 21, 2009  Albuquerque, New Mexico - NASA landed the two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, near the Martian equator on opposite sides of the red planet in January 2004. The goal was to look for evidence of water. Spirit and Opportunity recently came out of 2008 winter hibernation and started their fifth Martian spring of exploring.

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