A strange glowing object that appeared to hover above the surface of the Red Planet earlier this month was seen by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover.
As the glint on Mars has captured the imagination of folks on media, it was likely sunlight, a beam or even a camera artifact. However, in a unrelated development days later, the rover detected something else — and it could possibly be a long-sought signal of potential microbial life on or in Earth.
The glowing object was recorded on camera look at the right side of the image taken on June 16 from the NASA website:
It will not appear on some one of the images snapped later or before, taken therefore it moved 32, in case it had been an object of any kind. More importantly, nevertheless , it had been nothing out of the ordinary.
“From the 1000s of graphics we’ve received from Curiosity, we watch ones with bright stains nearly every week,” Justin Maki of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in 2014 when an identical flash of lighting generated headlines. “These could be caused by cosmic ray hits or sunlight glinting from rock surfaces, because probably the most likely explanations”
However, something was detected on Mars. Even the New York Times reported that Curiosity detected a spike in methane, which, when confirmed, could hint of parasitic life concealed under Mars’ surface.
Something in the air tonight
I detected methane’s largest amount during my assignment: ~2 1 parts per billion by volume. While parasitic life may be described as quite a source of methane on the planet, methane can also be made by discussion between rocks and water. Https://t.co/CPEpxsspR2 pic.twitter.com/uk2mjV7OeE— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) June 2-3, 2019
The rover spent the weekend conducting followup tests in an effort to ensure the outcome, together with more analysis ongoing. NASA said the rover had detected methane from years past and the entire world did actually have peaks and seasonal peaks.
“Together with our current measurements, we’ve got no means of telling the methane source is chemistry or geology, or maybe ancient or modern,” Paul Mahaffy of NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center said in a news release.
NASA is coordinating with all the boffins dealing together with the Trace Gas Orbiter, which is currently orbiting Mars, to get the origin of their gas of the European Space Agency.
The rover ' s brakes dig below the thin while forcing over soils and the reddish rocks of Mars
Dusty coating and show darker, brownish soils just below. The circular paths are”pirouettes”
That the rovers do to align with their wireless antennas for communications.
Spirit rover, Pancam image, assignment sol (martian day) 141 (May 26, 2004).
From”Postcards from Mars” from Jim Bell; Photo credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University