NASA's Curiosity Rover has discovered high levels of methane production during its mission on the American surface, the New York Times reports. The discovery that was found during a measurement taken on Wednesday by the robot and observed by NASA scientists might indicate that microbial life forms may have occupied underground living on Mars.
Methane is often present in higher concentrations in the air on the ground due to output from living beings, why scientists will look into them and see if they can find more affirmative evidence to back up the theory that the gas is due to exit. from underground martian microbes. If everything goes to plan, we should find out more about these follow-up observations as early as Monday when researchers expect curiosity to return the results of their new investigation procedure. Any measurable amount of methane detected by curiosity would be a tripwire to Mars researchers since the gas would probably have been produced recently by an organism if the reading is correct, otherwise it would of course have been broken into a relatively short period of time in its constituents. That said, it is worth noting that methane can be produced without living organisms, and it can be gas that is far buried and escapes to the surface through small cracks from underground reservoirs.
NEWS notes that this is not the first time scientists have recorded traces of methane on March, but it is the highest concentration yet discovered, and the robber's readings have been backed up by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, at least for the time being. Keep in mind that this is not the first time we have had potential evidence of life beyond Earth, but so far nothing has been found to indicate that Earth is not unique to supporting living organisms.