Scientists believe Mars rock samples contain organic matter

Source: United Press International

“Scientists believe some of the recently-collected rock samples taken by NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover likely contain organic matter. The four most recent samples are all sedimentary rocks from an ancient river delta in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater, NASA confirmed this week. They mark the first-ever sedimentary rocks gathered from another planet. … Researchers will eventually examine samples for evidence of microorganisms but will have to wait for some time to do so. The Mars Sample Return campaign being run by NASA and the European Space Agency will eventually land an unmanned spacecraft on the planet, but it won’t return to Earth until 2033.” (09/17/22)