Collaborating scientists from several US-based research facilities – the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland; California’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Desert Research Institute in Nevada, as well as Brazil’s State University of Campinas have discovered the existence of ancient rocks on Mars that could hold fossilized remains of early life.
Their report, published in the journal “Earth and Planetary Science Letters,” stated that the rocks from Mars’ Nili Fossae region contain carbonate, a compound found in early life fossils.
The researchers also noted a very close similarity between the Martian rocks and those of Australia’s Pilbara region, which has shown some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth. The team believes that the same hydrothermal processes that preserved life in Pilbara could have occurred on Mars.
Thank you all scientists involved in this fascinating new discovery! May our continued insights about neighboring planets motivate us toward ever expanding appreciation and protection of all life on Earth.
In an October 2009 videoconference in Hong Kong, Supreme Master Ching Hai discussed the likenesses among Mars, Venus, and Earth that in addition to life-supporting conditions led to some of their fatal climate changes.