SCIENCE: Curiosity Finds The First Habitable Area On Mars.

Greetings Travellers!! Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to live on another planet? Well according to NASA, Mars is inhabitable, well it at least it once was. Curiosity, the rover, dug up some really fine samples on its trip to mars. It was the first ever samples of the martian surface that NASA has ever gotten to examine and the results were breath taking.

In the samples, Nasa found: sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and carbon. In other words, NASA found the ingredients to life on Mars and this shows that Mars may have supported life a long time ago in its ripe days. Lead scientist Michael Mayer said, "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment. From what we know now, the answer is yes."

This news comes right on the heels of curiosity's earlier findings of a dried up stream bed on Mars. They found that the rock has clay minerals that could have theoretically been home to living microbes, reports the AP. "We have characterized a very ancient, but strangely new 'gray Mars' where conditions once were favorable for life," says another scientist on the team, reports CNN.

All findings show that water once flowed on the surface of mars and the water was water that a human could actually drink. It was clean water.

Now that the MSL science team knows what a habitable part of Mars look like, the team will switch its focus towards finding stronger signs of organic carbon—the molecular building blocks of life—within those areas. "The search for organic carbon is an issue for this mission and you want to do this as deliberately as possible," Grotzinger said. "You don't want to just wander around and try stuff out."

As Grotzinger has stressed in the past, and again today, the Curiosity mission is "discovery-driven." So for the moment, Curiosity will stick around in Yellowknife bay, conducting more drilling samples in once-habitable areas in the quest for stronger signs of organic carbon, before ultimately heading off to the rover's primary destination of Mount Sharp.

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