February 18, 2021

The search for life beyond Earth

Paris (AFP) – Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth’s nearest neighbour once harbour life?  It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings. After seven months in space, NASA’s Perseverance rover is due to land on Mars on Thursday, in search of clues.  Why Mars? – Other planets or moons, could also harbour forms of life, so why pick Mars?  NASA says Mars is not just one of the more accessible places in the solar system and a potential future destination for humans, but exploring the planet could also help to answer “origin a…

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