NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Now this is interesting!

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    NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars
     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  3. agricola

    agricola a genuine importer of owls

    Fascinating news, though you would hope that if the evidence for current life on Mars begins to start piling up then we really should abandon any attempts to have a manned exploration of the surface.
     
  4. Lupa

    Lupa .

    Between this and the methane they detected a few years ago...it's pretty interesting...
     
  5. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    More here:

     
  6. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    It's the methane findings that I find particularly fascinating. It could could still be generated by some geological process, but I'm hard pressed to think of what exactly. Anyone more knowledgeable about geology?
     
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  8. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Curiosity takes too many selfies to be taken as a serious scientist :)
     
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  9. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Depends how interesting you find methane
     
  10. Lupa

    Lupa .

    Lol...

    Well....
    The fluctuating seasonal methane values on Mars are very interesting...
     
  11. NoXion

    NoXion It's been 600 years...

    Methane is a very interesting molecule. One of the simplest hydrocarbons, prevalent in both biology here on Earth as well as across the wider universe, consisting as it does of one of the sixth and four of the first most common elements in the universe. It can be made artificially using hydrogen and carbon dioxide in the Sabatier process, meaning that we have an endless supply of carbon neutral fuel for internal combustion engines, once it's worked out how to power grids without fossil fuels. It is odourless in pure form, other substances give biogenic methane its smells. There's massive amounts of methane that could be released by sufficient climate change, which is interesting and also alarming.
     

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