Researchers at Carnegie Institution for Science recently published the results of their latest study in Science Advances. The research states that Mars’ organic carbon might have initiated from a chain of electrochemical reactions between volcanic minerals and briny liquids. The novel analyses of three Martian meteorites came from a team led by Andrew Steele, Carnegie Institution for Science.
The group’s study of a trio of Martian meteorites that fell to Earth, namely Nakhla, Tissint, and NWA 1950—highlighted that they have a stock of organic carbon. This carbon is found to be extremely consistent with the organic carbon compounds found by the Mars Science Laboratory’s rover missions. In 2012, Steele headed a team that verified the organic carbon noticed in about 10 Martian meteorites came from the Red Planet. This was not owing to the pollution from Earth. The research also highlighted that the organic carbon did not have any biological origin.
On a similar note, an innovative $3.8 Million tool, employed by astronomers to detect and research the Earth-identical planets, has been disclosed. A research team from the Australian National University (ANU), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, and the Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) are involved in this recent study. The newest astronomical tool called Veloce is created for the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). It is the biggest on-shore optical telescope of Australia located at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory, near to Coonabarabran in North-Western NSW.
Professor Chris Tinney, Exoplanetary Science, UNSW, proclaimed that the latest tool is supposed to allow the scientists to detect the tiny velocity wobbles created by planets in their host stars. This is supposed to be the principal Australian facility offering tremendously high-velocity precision needed for the detection of very small planets. Further, Tinney stated that these planets are noteworthy as it is on these rocky, small, and potentially inhabitable planets that astronomers are supposed to search for signals of life in the future period.