Area of Mars Identified as Good Place to Look for Evidence of Past Life
By Denise Chow
SPACE.com Staff Writer
posted: 30 July 2010
05:36 pm ET
A spot on Mars called Nili Fossae that is rich in clay mineral-rich rocks could be a prime spot to search for the fossilized remains of Martian life that may have existed 4 billion years ago, a new study suggests.
In the study, scientists used an instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to study clay-carbonate rocks on the Martian surface leftover from ancient red planet era known as the Noachian period.