High Amounts of Methane Discovered on Mars

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 24, 2019

NASA has discovered inclinations of methane on the surface of Mars in the past, as far back as the pioneering Viking missions in the 1970s.

He added: "Now that both Curiosity and TGO are active on Mars, we have the chance to compare measurements made at the same time, which will allow direct comparison". "The previous "discrepancy" in findings was always complicated by the fact that we never made measurements at the same time", Patel said.

Just for Curiosity fixed two navigation and 17 "normal" cameras, he continuously sends information since its arrival on Mars in August 2012. The Rosalind Franklin, previously known as the ExoMars rover, is named for a 20th century United Kingdom scientist known for DNA research. That's not the only way to produce methane, though.

Microbial life is an important source of methane on Earth, it comes from anaerobic microbes called methanogens that are also present in the guts of cows, but also found in the decay of plant matter and other biological processes in places like wetlands. Scientists first detected methane on Mars fifteen years ago, with the aid of data collected by ESA's Mars Express spacecraft.

However, based on last week's discovery, the amount of methane gas in Mars' atmosphere could have been produced by living microbes. But the reality is that scientists still know very little about the creation, presence, and patterns of this gas on the Red Planet.

NASA also said: "To maintain scientific integrity, the project science team will continue to analyze the data before confirming results". In practical terms, NASA explains it as one billionth part of a volume of Martian air sample will be methane. The early figures were not conclusive, however, and some scientists believe that there was actually no methane detected.

The readings have been confirmed by the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, who is responsible for conducting an exploration of Mars from orbit. In 2013, it was able to record a sudden spike of seven in one billion but the gas eventually ebbed away.

The tunable laser spectrometer aboad the rover found the largest amount of methane ever measured during mession - about 21 parts per billion units per volume. The image, which was snapped on June 16th, has quickly taken the internet by storm, but NASA scientists aren't particularly concerned with what it might mean.

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