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Methane spike on Mars? Curiosity rover reignites mystery
Methane spike on Mars? Curiosity rover reignites mystery

Methane is making a comeback on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected a tenfold spike in the gas that lasted for several weeks, scientists announced Tuesday. On Earth, most methane is produced by living things, and a healthy dose of this organic molecule on Mars may give scientists new hope of finding signs of life there. The discovery represents a stark reversal from last year, when the rover found scant signs of methane on the Red Planet. “It opens up a whole debate of methane on Mars again, and life on Mars,” said Christopher Webster, lead scientist for the rover’s tunable laser spectrometer instrument at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La...

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