The current dust storm seems to be worse than the one in 2007 in terms of dimming.
On June 7, Curiosity mission scientists hit the world with an astrobiological one-two punch. This suspension comes less than a week removed from the announcement that the Curiosity Rover had discovered "ancient organic matter" and "mysterious methane" on Mars.
This is exciting stuff.
Organic molecules are the building blocks of life, though they can also be produced by chemical reactions unrelated to life. That included the creation of the NASA Constellation Program, with goals of a crewed mission to the Moon in 2020 and the first humans landing on Mars by the 2030s.
We'd have to get used to dust storms.
The ExoMars rover will be the first to explore deep beneath the surface, with a drill capable of taking samples from as deep as two metres (over six feet).
With recent advancements in technology and Mars exploration, it's not surprising that astronomers are positive about humankind's future of getting there. The ExoMars rover will likely be able to characterize the carbon in methane molecules, determining how much of it is carbon-13, which contains one more neutron in its nucleus than a "normal" carbon-12 atom. The rover reportedly stopped contacts with its controllers in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA at Pasadena in California.
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"It's typically derived from biological activity on Earth", Siebach says.
The ExoMars rover mission is the second phase of the two-part ExoMars program, which the European Space Agency (ESA) heads, with Russian Federation as a primary partner. "Now that could be very deep inside Mars, but to be able to see that at the Martian surface today when we think that Mars has been mostly dead for about 3 billion years, it kind of contradicts that story, it tells us maybe Mars isn't quite as dead as we've been thinking it is".
A seasonal change in methane levels is critical because 95 percent of the methane observed on Earth is the result of biology, the scientists said. So the big takeaway is that they have found some evidence.
"The detection of organic molecules and methane on Mars has far-ranging implications in light of potential past life on Mars", she said.
Nobody knows, of course, whether microbes or any other organisms have ever called Mars home.
Presently, engineers will monitor Opportunity's power levels closely in the week to come.
These molecules said to have helped life arise on the planet Earth but what the scientists at NASA want us to understand is that while these molecules might be the basis of life, they do not mean that life on Mars exists.