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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on a mission to detect specific atmospheric gases that will indicate signs of life.

Sahil Nathani   21 March 2016 14:15

Brilio.net - Life on Mars. Take a moment to ponder upon that statement. I'm pretty sure most of you think this is rather unrealistic. Well, don't write it off just yet. A spacecraft has recently been dispatched from a spaceport in Kazakhstan. Yes, you guessed it- it will be used to detect whether life actually exists on planet Mars!

The spacecraft, which is known as the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, is on a mission to detect specific atmospheric gases that will indicate signs of life. Those include methane, nitrogen oxides, acetylene and water vapour. The entire process will take a lengthy amount of time, for part two of the mission will only commence in 2018.

Image via arstechnica

We’ve all studied about outer space and the significance of this red planet, but not so much on its potential existence of life. This study could just prove to be a major breakthrough. While we await the outcome of this discovery, let's keep our hopes high. Sooner or later, we will find out if planet Mars could really be our second home!

 

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