The research team from the University of Glasgow had physical evidence that could help find life on the Red Planet. Scientists have discovered that the Martian meteorite that fell near the Egyptian village of Nahla in 1911, contains traces of opal - precious stones, often used in jewelry. Material for the study provided the Museum of Natural History in London.
Scientists say that the opal, which usually occurs in hot or mineral springs, creates favorable conditions for the development of microbial life. The researchers found in a piece of a meteorite about 1.7 grams of opal, which, in their view, is a kind of fiery opal yellow-red color. The researchers say that even this meager amount of stone is of great importance.
First, it is finally confirmed
observations NASA, indicating the presence of opal on the surface of
Mars. For the first time here on earth we managed to find opal fragment of Mars
- said Professor Martin Lee (Martin Lee), head of the research team.
Secondly, we know that in the world such
opals are often formed near the hot springs. Microbial life
thrives in such conditions, and it can be stored in opals millions of years. If
Martian microbes exist, perhaps they are also in the opal deposits on the
surface of Mars.
In 2013, the rover NASA has found traces of the existence of water on Mars. This discovery received wide discussion in one of the articles of the journal Science Mag. It is reported that a new study was built just for this discovery.
A careful study of the Martian opals in future missions to Mars can help us learn more about the past of the Red Planet, as well as about whether there is life - concluded Lee.