NASA has found a planet that has lived for 1 million years

A key discovery at the giant Gale impact crater on Mars proves that it was once a warm enough lake for alien life forms to exist.

According to Dr Elisabeth Losa-Adams from the University of Virgo (Spain), lead author of the study, what was discovered is a special mineral related to glauconitic clay, which proves Gale impact crater once is an ancient lake suitable for life.

Inside the Gale impact crater contains traces of a special mineral clay, revealing a time when the red planet was friendly to life - Photo: NASA
Inside the Gale impact crater contains traces of a special mineral clay, revealing a time when the red planet was friendly to life - Photo: NASA

New Scientist said this lake appeared about 3.5 billion years ago and existed for 10 million years. During that time, there was at least 1 million years of water here that existed in a liquid state, with a temperature of -3 degrees C to 15 degrees C, neutral pH.

On Earth, such lakes of only slightly cool water are excellent environments for a wide range of life forms ranging from simple to complex.

"Glauconitic clay is a proxy for stable conditions. The conditions that allow this clay to form are also very life-friendly," explains Dr. Losa-Adams.

According to the Daily Mail, NASA's "Mars rover" Curiosity, a rover that has been operating on the planet for many years, is the author of the special discovery. However, the aging equipment on this long-overdue machine does not allow for much more information about these special "life materials", and the material itself is not direct evidence. for life.

Scientists are hoping that Perseverance, another NASA rover operating at the Jezero impact crater, is well-equipped to find direct evidence of alien life. The Gale findings are a promising signal that Perseverance may be similarly lucky.

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