Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Jun 7, 2018.
Now this is interesting!
NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars
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.
Between this and the methane they detected a few years ago...it's pretty interesting...
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?
Looking forward: Curiosity Didn't Find Life on Mars — But These 2 Future Rovers Might
Curiosity takes too many selfies to be taken as a serious scientist
Depends how interesting you find methane
The fluctuating seasonal methane values on Mars are very interesting...
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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