There has been a major breakthrough in Mars as two missions observing have detected the presence of Methane near the Gale Crater of Mars.
The presence of methane has been one of the most promising clues that the scientist has found in recent years which ensure biological activity on the red planet which have a link with earth.
The Curiosity rover, which has been the latest expedition rover from NASA for detecting the presence of life on Mars, detected a strong signal of the molecule on the 15th of June, 2013 but no solid evidence was found to back up the discovery.
Recently, when the scientists reexamined the data the ESA Mars Express has collected during the expedition, they found that the detected sample was a Methane burp which the Curiosity has found just a day after its first detection of the presence of life.
As per the data reported by Marco Giuranna who has been the lead author of the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, the Curiosity detected a 6ppb spike in the volume of methane that has been present in the atmosphere.
Even though the amount of Methane found in the atmosphere is minute as it has been found in traces of parts per billion, but since it has been found in Mars, it is considered as a breakthrough in their Mars expedition mission.
Methane can be produced through both geological and biological process so the scientists can yet claim that the presence of Methane is a definite sign of the presence of life. But since the signal was detected from around the carter, it will help the scientists to look in the right direction.
Before the scientists have predicted that the presence of Methane was being detected from inside the carter, but, the further survey showed that the methane was being found from under the layer of the ice.
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