posted on Jan, 6 2015 @ 12:12 PM
This is an interesting discovery, and when coupled with the methane spike and organic molecule discovery in that area, seems pretty rock solid. I
think they need to alter curiosity's mission and have it backtrack to this outcrop for further study. We are 95% of the way to proof of life here,
all other science can wait.
"may not look like much — just an old rock with dust on it. But after careful examination of this and other images taken of the Martian surface, a
geobiologist is now claiming that these distinctive surface features could have only come from one source: microbes.
This isn't proof that life once existed on Mars. Far from. But it's certainly one of the more intriguing hypotheses we've seen in quite some
Working under the (fairly safe) assumption that Mars once featured extensive and persistent surface water, Old Dominion University geobiologist Nora
Noffke examined photos taken by Curiosity as the rover traveled through the Gillespie Lake outcrop in Yellowknife Bay in hopes of finding signs of
MISS — microbially-induced sedimentary structures."