Detection of hydrothermal deposits on Mars can become a “key” to the origin of life on Earth. This was stated in the US space department.
The deposits were discovered due to observations of the orbiting reconnaissance vehicle of the Red Planet NASA.
“Even if we never find evidence that there is life on Mars, new data can tell us about the type of environment in which life could have arisen on Earth,” said NASA space center specialist in Houston, Paul Nils.
Volcanoes and standing water on Mars in ancient times obviously provided the same conditions for life as those that existed at that time on Earth, Niels noted.
These processes probably occurred on the Red Planet approximately 3.7 billion years ago. Approximately the same period is considered the beginning of the origin of life on Earth.
Deep-sea sediments in the Eridani region of Mars, which may be the “key” to the origin of life on Earth Deep-water deposits in the Eridani region of Mars, which can be the “key” to the origin of life on Earth
Previously, planetologists suggested that oceans from liquid water could appear on the surface of Mars not as a result of volcanic eruptions or falls of asteroids, but due to exotic explosions of “frozen” methane deposits inside the ice. A corresponding article of scientists is published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The data from the Curiosity rover, in turn, helped NASA scientists find out how the lakes of the Red Planet looked at different periods of its existence and prove that they were warm and fit for life for almost a billion years. Their findings are published in the journal Science.
In recent years, scientists have found many hints that on the surface of Mars in ancient times there were rivers, lakes and entire oceans, containing almost as much liquid as our Arctic Ocean.