In a positive development, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has discovered water on the red planet during its first sample analysis of the Martian surface.
The analysis of first scoop of soil by the Mars rover reveals that fine materials on the Martian surface may contain several percent of water by weight, the US researchers said.
The space agency also said that the sample also released significant carbon dioxide, oxygen and sulphur compounds when heated.
Laurie Leshin, dean of the SchoolScience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said, “One of the most exciting results from this very first solid sample ingested by Curiosity is the high percentage of water in the soil.”
Mars rover Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on the surface of the red planet on August 6, 2012 in a bid to find that whether Mars harboured life ever.
Recently, NASA’s new report suggested that no living condition is likely on the red planet as its Curiosity rover had revealed no trace of methane, a potential sign of life, on the Martian surface.
Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a question of high interest for years because methane could be a potential sign of life, although it also can be produced without biology.
The report came as a surprise to the global researchers because previous data reported by US and international scientists indicated positive detections of methane.