MOFFETT FIELD (CBS SF) — NASA researchers have found deposits of glass on Mars that may have preserved evidence about past life on the red planet.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected the deposits within impact craters on Mars, formed in the searing heat of a violent impact.READ MORE: Atmospheric River Crashes Onshore; Driving Rains, Gusty Winds, Flash Flood Fears
Back on Earth, Brown University Scientist Peter Schultz found organic molecules and plant matter preserved in glass formed by an impact in Argentina millions of years ago. The glass found on Mars could hold the same evidence of past life.READ MORE: Evacuation Warnings Issued for San Mateo County Areas Burned by CZU Lightning Complex Fire
“If you had an impact that dug in and sampled that subsurface environment, it’s possible that some of it might be preserved in a glassy component,” fellow Brown University Researcher Jack Mustard said.MORE NEWS: Police Investigation of Shattered Vehicle Windows Temporarily Shuts Highway 17 Saturday