Is there organic matter on Mars? Chloromethane not due to contamination from Earth, research suggests

13 noviembre 2014

Organic matter recently detected by NASA’s robotic rover Curiosity is probably not due to contamination brought from Earth as researchers originally thought. A team of German and British scientists now suggests that the gaseous chlorinated organic compound — chloromethane — recently found on the Red Planet most likely comes from the soil of Mars, with its carbon and hydrogen probably deriving from meteorites that fell on the planet’s surface.