An artist’s concept of NASA’s Curiosity rover searching for interesting samples on the Martian surface.
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Mars Methane Mystery: Curiosity Rover May Find New Clues

by Leonard David, Space Insider Columnist
Date: 23 October 2012 Time: 03:10 PM ET

There’s growing buzz about data gleaned by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, specifically over the issue of methane detection on the Red Planet.

On one hand, methane can be geological in origin. But then there’s the prospect that the gas is biotic, or caused by living organisms — meaning it could be the gaseous residue of long-extinct microbes or even the output of Martian organisms alive and well today.

Read more: Mars Methane Mystery: Curiosity Rover May Find New Clues | Space.

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