NASA is continuing to allocate resources toward Martian research with the hopes of learning more about the Red Planet. One of the bigger questions scientists want to know is if the conditions for supporting life ever existed and, if so, is there any record of past life on Mars?
The Mars we know today is much different than the Mars of millions of years ago. Water once flowed on the surface of Mars, and the Curiosity Rover has found some new evidence of where water once flowed. By testing various soil samples within a region of the planet called Yellowknife Bay, Curiosity found minerals that had formed in water.
Although this research doesn’t guarantee life was on Mars, it does show there may have been favorable conditions a long time ago. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about exciting discoveries made on the Red Planet.