Say What? Mars Space Rocks That Hit Earth In 1911 Reveal Signs Of LIFE On Red Planet

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 06 September 2019, 07:53 AM
The impact of the collision was so much so that the ice under the Martian surface started melting. (Representational Image)
The impact of the collision was so much so that the ice under the Martian surface started melting. (Representational Image)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Huge collisions between asteroids took place on Mars
    • Martian space rocks were formed as the result of collisions
    • Entire hydrothermal system was formed as a result of collision

Huge collisions between asteroids took place on Mars, the red planet, some 11 million years ago resulting in the creation of chunks of meteorites. After blasting off from the red planet’s surface, the chunks remained suspended in the space. In 1911, these meteors finally fell on earth. The first meteor fell on Egypt and were named nakhlities. The scientists at the Glasgow University studied the rocks and in the process, they received a shed light which could be traces of life giving, liquid water on Mars.

Researchers of the University of Glasgow were of a view that the pattern of deformation in the minerals matches exactly the distribution of weathering veins that formed from the Martian fluids, reports express.co.uk. 

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From the analysis of nakhlite, it was discovered that Martian space rocks were formed as the result of two asteroids hitting Mars. One of the asteroid hit the red planet almost 663 million years ago while the other hit it some 11 million years ago. 

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The impact of the collision was so much so that the ice under the Martian surface started melting and the water thus formed rushed through to the newly-formed cracks in the rock. 

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Thus, an entire hydrothermal system was formed as a result of collision and it changed the composition of minerals in the rocks which were close to the rocks. 

Other planets with underground ice might have had similar impacts in the wake of regular bombardments i.e. hydrothermal system was formed would have been formed. 

First Published: Thursday, September 05, 2019 06:50 PM
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