Monday , March 8 2021

The role of Pilbara in the search for life on Mars



NASA’s rover carrying a small piece of the Pilbara should land on Mars overnight as Australia plays a key role in one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted in search of life.

The three-and-a-half-billion-year-old Western Australian rock is coming to an end with a 470 million-kilometer journey to the red planet, and upon its arrival, it will be used to calibrate equipment that seeks evidence of ancient life.

A sample of a small rock collected six years ago near a marble bar will be used as part of NASA's project that seeks life on Mars.

A sample of a small rock collected six years ago near the Marble Bar will be used as part of a NASA project that seeks life on Mars.

The rock was collected six years ago near Marble Bar, a region similar to the Martian landscape of Lake Crater, which researchers believe was once flooded.

Australian geologist Abigail Allwood has invented a high-tech X-ray tool that will scan rocks on the planet from a rover.


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