Small labs introduced to search alien life on Mars



Web Desk: Searching of aliens has become a foremost activity of scientists. In he aim of getting evidence of aliens on Mars, they have created a toaster oven-sized lab for a Mars rover that will drill beneath the surface of the red planet and look for signs of past and present life.

This is an extremely tiniest lab termed as the Mars Organic Molecule Analyser (MOMA), it is a joint mission between the European Space Agency and the Russia space agency Roscosmos. It will launch toward the Mars in July 2020.

According to a project scientist at NASA, Will Brinckerhoff, the ExoMars Rover’s two-meter deep drill will provide MOMA with unique samples that may contain complex organic compounds preserved from an ancient era, when life might have gotten started on Mars.

How the MOMA instrument works?

The MOMA can detect a wide variety of organic molecules. Organic compounds are commonly linked with life, although they can be created by non-biological processes as well.

Organic molecules contain carbon and hydrogen and also include oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. The MOMA find these molecules on Mars.

Challenge faces by Mars Rover

Mars rovers face a challenge when searching for evidence of life, contamination. Earth is saturated with life, and scientists have to be very careful that the organic material they detect was not simply carried with the instrument from Earth.

Source: Indianexpress