Nasa finds gas on Mars that suggests recent alien life

Curiosity has been operational on Mars since August 2012

The Curiosity rover has been operational on Mars since August 2012 (Picture: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Nasas Curiosity rover has discovered a large amount of methane gas on the surface of Mars, which points to the possibility of alien life on the planet.

On Earth methane is usually produced by living things.

Scientists say that any methane gas discovered now must have been released recently, as sunlight and chemical reactions would break up the molecules within a few centuries.

The data from the Curiosity rover was sent back to Earth on Thursday, and by Friday, scientists involved on the mission were discussing the news.

Given this surprising result, weve reorganised the weekend to run a follow-up experiment, Ashwin Vasavada, the project scientist for the mission, wrote to the science team in an email that was obtained byThe New York Times.

MOUNT SHARP, MARS - JUNE 20: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) A self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the robot at a drilled sample site called "Duluth" on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp in Mars on June 20, 2018. A Martian dust storm reduced sunlight and visibility in Gale Crater. The north-northeast wall and rim of the crater lie beyond the rover, their visibility obscured by atmospheric dust. (Photo by NASA/JPL-CALTECH/MSSS / HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

he data from the Curiosity rover was sent back to Earth on Thursday (Picture: Getty Images)

Mission controllers on Earth sent new instructions to the rover on Friday to follow up on the readings as a priority.



The results of these observations are expected back on the ground on Monday.

Although many have long been fascinated by the possibility of aliens on Mars, Nasas Viking landers in the 1970s photographed a desolate landscape.

However, now scientists are entertaining the notion that if life ever did arise on Mars, its microbial descendants could have migrated underground and persisted.