There are so many enigmas inside the Universe; we still wonder how it was for possible some particular things to happen. For us, it has always been unknown which was the first step the creation of life took. It’s also more mysterious whether there’s life on Mars or not. However, scientists are claiming that a series of photos taken by the NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) may give the world clues about the beginning of life in both Earth and Mars.
The recent international reports suggest that these photos show a Martian terrain covered in deposits that might have been formed due to some volcanic activity in the bottom of a vast sea. Some scientists believe these conditions are similar to those when early life was evolving here on Earth.
However, Mars was not the only objective of the NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The spacecraft also took photos of a massive galaxy named NGC 4874, known for its capacity to actively attract more than 30,000 globular clusters of stars — which is even more than any perceived universe. Additionally, it also took images in infrared of Phobos: one or Mars’ moons. This satellite is known due to the temperatures of its surface, which makes the moon vary the tone of its colors.
The European Space Agency’s astronomy club also took an incredible picture of a bird and the International Space Station passing before the sun, creating an X-mark.
Undersea hydrothermal conditions could explain the beginning of life
If the NASA discovers evidence of ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars, it would be offering clues about a possible theory that tries to explain how life was created on Earth. This would give an easy way to further explanations about the origin of everything.
“Even if we never find evidence that there’s been life on Mars, this site can tell us about the type of environment where life may have begun on Earth,” said Paul Niles of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston. “Volcanic activity combined with standing water provided conditions that were likely similar to conditions that existed on Earth at about the same time—when early life was evolving here.”
Mars, as scientists have seen it today, has no water or volcanic activity on its surface. However, they estimate that about 3.7 billion years ago, there could have been seafloor hydrothermal activity, which would explain the Martian deposits these photos might show.
There are some theories based on undersea hydrothermal conditions on Earth, which have taken a big step within the scientific community who seek to explain what could open life the gates to its creation. In fact, if these photos indeed show deposits of heated water caused by volcanic activity, it would also mean that both conditions happened relatively at the same time.
Earth still has such conditions, where many forms of life thrive on chemical energy extracted from rocks without sunlight. But due to Earth’s active crust, we don’t have enough geological evidence preserved for when life was starting on our planet.
There are other destinations in space that have interested researchers who seek extraterrestrial life. For example, it might be possible the existence of an undersea hydrothermal activity within icy moons, such as Europa at Jupiter and Enceladus at Saturn.