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NASA’s Mars rover finds most complex organic matter yet

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In a breakthrough for the hunt for life on Mars, a NASA robot has detected the most complex organic matter yet from 3.5 billion-year-old rocks on the surface of the Red Planet, scientists said yesterday, reports AFP. The unmanned Curiosity rover has also found increasing evidence for seasonal variations of methane on Mars, indicating the source of the gas is likely the planet itself, or possibly its subsurface water.

While not direct evidence of life, the compounds drilled from Mars' Gale Crater are the most diverse array ever drilled from the surface of the planet since the robotic vehicle landed in 2012, experts say.

"This is a significant breakthrough because it means there are organic materials preserved in some of the harshest environments on Mars," said lead author of one of two studies in Science, Jennifer Eigenbrode, an astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.

"And maybe we can find something better preserved than that, that has signatures of life in it," she. NASA's Curiosity rover has previously found organic matter.

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