NASA Rover Doesn't Detect Methane on Mars

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Scientists say initial sampling of Mars' atmosphere by the NASA rover Curiosity did not definitively detect methane, a gas that can be a clue to determining if the red planet ever was hospitable to microbial life.

Test results released Friday in a teleconference from Jet Propulsion Laboratory are not conclusive but are in line with past studies that found no regular methane on Mars.

The results do stand in contrast to other research such as observations by Earth-based telescopes that indicated Mars belched thousands of tons of methane in 2003.

On Earth, methane gas is overwhelmingly a byproduct of life, but it can also be produced by non-biological processes.

Mission scientists will continue to search for methane.

Curiosity has been operating on Mars since its August landing in a crater.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:
KOLN-TV Call: (402) 467-4321 Toll-free: 1-800-475-1011 840 North 40th Lincoln, NE 68503 Email: info@1011now.com KGIN-TV Call: (308) 382-6100 123 N Locust Street Grand Island, NE 68802 Email: kgin@1011now.com KSNB-TV Toll free 888-475-1011 123 N. Locust St. Grand Island, NE 68802 Email : ksnb@1011now.com
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 177036301 - 1011now.com/a?a=177036301