Could there be organic matter on Mars?

November 13, 2014 8:09 PM

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Could there be organic matter on Mars?

Micrometeorites are some of the most abundant material to fall on Mars, and contain organic carbon that may form chloromethane when heated. (Bastian Baecker (University of Heidelberg and Max Planck Institute for Chemistry) and Luigi Folco (University of Pisa))

The origins of organic matter found by Mars lander missions have long been debated, but a new study suggests a way to find out whether these chemicals of life came from the Red Planet or elsewhere.

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