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Thursday, July 15, 2004



Ammonia in Atmosphere

An ammonia molecule.
An ammonia molecule.
Credit: WhyFlies.org
Europe's Mars Express has found the spectral traces of Ammonia in the Martian Atmosphere. Ammonia has a very short life span in the Martian atmosphere (a few hours max). This means that there is either volcanism or life. Since volcanism is normally very pronounced, the evidence hints at life. The scientists have ruled out that this is ammonia from the Beagle II because of the distribution. This information comes from only analyzing a fraction of the orbiters Planetary Fourier Spectrometer.

(More info: BBC.co.uk)


- posted by Jim @ 14:31 EST