It was late last summer when the Curiosity Rover made landed on Mars, and several months later, has stumbled onto an important discovery during its time on the red planet.
According to a NASA press release sent out today, the Curiosity Rover has come across conditions that could have supported living microbes. Lead Mars Exploration Program scientist Michael Meyer laid out today’s discovery.
“A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment. From what we know now, the answer is yes.”
The discovery was made by Curiosity after drilling out powder from a rock near an ancient stream bed located in Mars’ Gale Crater. NASA believes the powder “shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes” as it contained sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon, which NASA says are “some of the key chemical ingredients for life.”
With today’s news, we’d say the Curiosity Rover has already successfully completed his primary mission on Mars. Now it’s time for the rover to get in touch with some Martians so we could invite them back to Earth for tea, or something.