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December 4 2012

Mars rover detects complex substances

Nasa craft Curiosity's samples reveal mix of organic compounds but further study needed to know if they are indigenous

The first detailed analysis of Martian soil by Nasa's car-sized rover, Curiosity, has revealed a complex mix of substances, including water, sulphur, chlorine and organic compounds. At this stage though it is not possible to say where the carbon contained in the organic material originated. It may have been carried to Mars as contamination on the rover, or aboard meteorites that rain down on the planet's dusty surface.

Note: NASA release here

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