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Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

6 Oct 2017, 18:46 UTC
Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international report examines observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of massive deposits in a basin on southern Mars. The authors interpret the data as evidence that these deposits were formed by heated water from a volcanically active part of the planet's crust entering the bottom of a large sea long ago.

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