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Researchers Find ‘Worms’ Inside a Martian Meteorite That Landed in Antarctica

​NASA is preparing for the future Mars expeditions that will take place over the next years, with the Perseverance Rover already paving the way after launching into space on July 30th of this year.

Adding to the search for signs of life sector on the Red Planet is a discovery of something weird inside a Martian rock. The American Search for Meteorites found a meteorite that is believed to come from Mars in Antarctica.

Scientists from the organization were examining a region near Allan Hills when they came across a green rock, which they called ALH84001. Years after its finding, they sent the rock to NASA for investigation and found that ALH84001 was actually from Mars and formed from volcanic lava four billion years ago.

While analyzing the molecular signatures of the rock, the researchers found that it was discharged into space as a result of a crash 16 million years ago, flying through the Solar System until 13,000 years ago when it landed on the icy continent.

As per the agency’s geochemists, Chris Romanek and Everett Gibson, further examination of the meteorite showed the presence of orange grains inside the rock, made of carbonate.

Worms in a Martian Rock

The discoveries suggested that the carbonates from the Red Planet were found in the rock because of the carbon dioxide that was dissolved by liquid water having leaked into the cracks.

But that was not the only finding the researchers made, as they discovered microscopic shapes close to the carbonate grains that look like worms and bacteria similar to that on Earth but a bit smaller.

Despite this breakthrough, recent research has suggested that the acidic fluids on Mars’ surface may have already destroyed any signs of life left on the planet.

The scientists, led by Alberto G. Fairen of Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Astronomy, feigned the probable settings on the Red Planet’s surface in their examination of glycine – a type of amino acid – and its response when subjects to acidic fluids. After exposing the glycine to the ultraviolet radiation levels present on Mars, the team found that the amino acid molecules started to show signs of decay.


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