Burps on Mars... the results of Curiosity

December 18, 2014 6:43 PM

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NASA scientists reported results from the Mars Curiosity roving science lab at the American Geophysical Union to a packed room of press chomping at the bit for a big story. It turns out Mars has gas. It burps methane "sporadically, and episodically," according to Curiosity co-investigator, Sushil Atreya.

Atreya went on to say that the rover measured a sudden spike in methane in the air that was 10x stronger than background methane levels. The spike was followed by a sudden decrease back to the background. Analysis of this occurrence suggested to the team that methane was from a source that is very l...

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