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New Evidence About Life On Mars

Feb 2, 2015

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Fri. 02/06 8a: Is there life on Mars?  One reason for this centuries old question is Mars’ proximity and similarity to Earth; now, the latest Mars mission actually points to yes. NASA's Curiosity rover has just found spikes of methane in the Martian atmosphere, a gas that on Earth is strongly tied to life. The Rover has also found organic chemicals in a soil sample collected by its robotic drill. And, the 96-mile-wide crater being explored by Curiosity appears to have been a lake billions of years ago. Finally, 100’s of rock and soil samples have been found containing water-deposited sediments. To learn whether there really is life elsewhere, please join host Stephen Spitz and the Los Alamos scientist who drives the Curiosity rover, UNM geologist Nina Lanza as together we explore the red planet. Produced with assistance of Jefferson White and Lynn Schibeci.