Hunting for Martians in the Most Extreme Desert on Earth

Hunting for Martians in the Most Extreme Desert on Earth

As described in a February 2019 study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, a team of researchers explored the extreme environment of Chile's Atacama Desert. They wanted to develop strategies that future robotic explorers could use to seek out the hiding places of Martian microbes. AdvertisementMars ... on EarthThe Atacama Desert is about as extreme as it gets for life to eke out an existence. \"The naming of Martian bacteria would require a completely new set of Latin names at the highest level if Martian bacteria were a completely separate evolutionary lineage – that is they evolved from a different common ancestor to Earth bacteria in a 'second genesis' event.\" Now That's Interesting You may not see a lot of vegetation or rain in the Atacama Desert, but you will see plenty of stars.

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