Mars Soil Found To Have Toxic Chemical, Life Could Still Exist

August 6, 2008

NASA researchers made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon that the Phoenix Mars Lander has found a toxic chemical has been found in the soil on Mars.  They have stressed though that this does not rule the possibility of finding life on the red planet.Boston (ChattahBox) – NASA researchers made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon that the Phoenix Mars Lander has found a toxic chemical has been found in the soil on Mars. They have stressed though that this does not rule the possibility of finding life on the red planet.

The Phoenix Mars Lander made the discovery via a soil sample that the soil on Mars has a toxic chemical known as perchlorate.

This toxic chemical is used as rocket fuel, and can pose dangers to the health of humans.

This does not rule out the possibility of finding life on the red planet though, as lead Phoenix investigator Peter Smith stated during a press conference that the chemical by itself “is neither good nor bad for life.”

The chemical is naturally occuring, and can be used by microbes to produce fuel, and other things.

NASA researchers, one week removed from Phoenix taking the first samples of ice from the red planet, will continue to test soil samples, with the hope still there that they will be able to find signs of life on Mars.


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