Alien Life Could Be Found on Mars Thanks to NASA Curiosity Rover’s New Trick

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has tested a new technique to search for molecules that could reveal the signs of alien life on Mars.

While the experiment conducted with the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument has so far failed to deliver any signs of life on the Red Planet, it proves the technique’s viability for future missions, possibly on worlds more distant than Mars, such as Saturn’s moon Titan.

The results from the first SAM tests are detailed in a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Since its arrival on Mars in 2012, the SUV-sized Curiosity Rover has been exploring the nature and extent of ancient habitable environments in Gale Crater. This has included the search for organic compounds made up of elements like carbon, nitrogen and oxygen.

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