The chief scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) predicted that the Mars probe launched this year will find life on this red planet, but he warned that humans on Earth are not yet ready for this “revolutionary” discovery .
According to the British “Daily Mail” reported , the European Space Agency (ESA) Mars rover ExoMars and NASA Mars rover Mars 2020 launched together in March this year to Mars. ESA’s Mars rover is also known as Rosalind, in honor of British chemist Rosalind Franklin. They will target rock formations and search for extraterrestrial life and organic matter. Among them, the ExoMars will drill a sample of 2 meters deep.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Jim Green, who participated in these two missions, said that within a few months , signs of extraterrestrial life were expected. He said, “This revolutionary discovery will open a whole new way of thinking, but I think humans are not ready for this result.”
According to reports, the two Martian rover will take rock samples mainly in the ancient seabed area of Mars. Dr. Green said, “When the environment becomes extreme, life will turn into rocks.”
Earlier this year, scientists first discovered geological evidence of large-scale water resources below the Martian surface. The data on the bottom of the Martian surface craters collected by the “Mars Express” orbit satellite reveals the scope of the “underground lake” that once existed. In this paper published in the journal Geophysics, the lead author, Francisco Selsey of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands stated that early Mars was a watery world, but with the As the climate changes, Martian water recedes below the surface, forming ponds and “groundwater.” “We discovered the existence of water through research. Although its size and cause are still being debated, we have found geological evidence that Mars has widespread groundwater systems.”
Scientists believe that from the characteristics of Mars craters, Mars has existed in the oceans between 3 billion and 4 billion years ago. Dr. Green said, “The bottom line is where there is life where there is water. If there was water on Mars, then there might be life.”