After experiments held in the Chilean Atacama Desert, NASA admits to having found organic particles on Mars thirty years ago. The original Viking mission collected tiny chemicals that were dismissed as contaminants from Earth, but are now revealed to have been “perchlorates,” or oxygen-busting salts, that contain shadows of previously existing compounds.
The research will assist in helping scientists understand extraterrestrial chemistry, and reboot the search for understanding life beyond Earth. Along with the expansive arsenic-based microorganisms discovered in California, the admission of water on the Moon, and Viking’s hidden findings, NASA is slowly revealing information the public has long suspected to be true.
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