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Perseverance rover discovered ancient microorganisms on Earth


Launch coming up in July this yearthe Martian mission with the Perseverance rover, forces scientists to continuously test the device to prepare it for long autonomous work aimed at searching for ancient microbes that lived on Mars billions of years ago.

NASA experts charted some on Earthareas in which the landscape and weather conditions are most similar to the Martian ones. One such area has become the desert in South Australia. Focused on the search for microbes on a distant planet, the Perseverance rover did an excellent job and found on Earth the remains of an ancient microbial life, whose age is estimated at hundreds of millions of years.

During testing on the Flinders Ridge wereThe fossils of ancient microbes have been identified, according to which scientists can determine the living conditions on Earth in which these organisms existed in time immemorial.

Researchers reported that identifiedmicroorganisms belong to the Cambrian period - the era when terrestrial life was only emerging on Earth. During the testing of the Martian rover in the Australian desert, physical fossils, biomarkers and minerals were discovered that can be associated with the ancient biological life on our planet.

The weather and the relief of the Flinders Range with its dry,dust storms vaguely resembles the conditions in which Perseverance will have to work on Mars. All materials intended for research carried traces of prolonged exposure to temperature, pressure changes, and mechanical damage. Perseverance research has shown the high performance of existing instruments under the most adverse operating conditions.

Source: Phys