MIT scientists develop new technique to find signs of life on Mars
Posted on:21 Sep 2016 09:19:26
21 September 2016 Current Affairs GK: Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) US have developed a novel spectroscopic technique to find signs of present or former extraterrestrial life on the Mars.
The technique incorporated on instrument dubbed as SHERLOC (Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman and Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals) may help NASA’s new Mars rover to be launched in 2020 to find signs of life on Mars.
The new Mars rover will be tasked to probe a region of the planet scientists believe could hold remnants of ancient microbial life. It will collect samples of rocks and soil, and store them on the
Martian surface and these samples would be returned to Earth so that scientists can meticulously analyse them. The rover can quickly and non-invasively identify sediments on the Mars that are relatively unaltered, and that maintain much of their original composition.
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