NASA Hopes Martian Atmosphere Has Explanation For Nitrate Discovery

March 24, 2015 1:27 PM

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NASA Hopes Martian Atmosphere Has Explanation For Nitrate Discovery

Scientists have discovered evidence of nitrate in Mars rocks found by NASA's Curiosity rover, an exciting development that researchers say makes it more likely that life once thrived on the red planet. The findings support the notion that nitrogen, not carbon, may have sustained bacterial organisms in the past.

Nitrogen plays an important part in supporting life as humans know it, acting as a component in the development of DNA, RNA and amino acids, which act as the building blocks of protein. Now, NASA has found it in rocks collected from three different regions of Mars. The finds were first published in ...

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