Methane on Mars: American space agency NASA has so far obtained many important information regarding Mars. Now the mystery related to methane gas found on this planet is also going to be solved.
NASA on Mars Methane Gas Mystery took a step forward to suggest mystery related to methane
Methane Gas Mystery on Mars: The US space agency NASA said that it has come one step closer to solving the mystery related to the methane gas found on Mars. This gas was identified by the agency’s Curiosity Rover. Microscopic life living on Earth also releases methane gas. Which helps the organisms to digest their food. This process ends when the animal releases gas into the air while exhaling or burping. But sometimes this gas is also generated due to inorganic process. The discovery of this gas also raised the hope of life on the Red Planet.
Gale Crater, a place called the dry lake of Mars, is the place where the rover has repeatedly detected the presence of methane gas. This makes scientists think that micro-organisms either exist or were present on the Red Planet (Life on Red Planet Mars). But there is also a possibility that the gas has been generated due to geological activities. In which the interaction of rocks, water and heat is involved. But the mystery of methane gas deepened when the European Space Agency (ESA) sent its ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars. But it could not detect gas in the atmosphere of Mars.
What did the orbiter team say?
Chris Webster, senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, says he expected the Trace Gas Orbiter team to detect small amounts of methane everywhere on Mars. But when the team said that there was no methane, he was surprised. Planetary scientist John E. Moores of York University in Toronto asked in 2019 what would happen if both the Curiosity rover and the Trace Gas Orbiter were correct? There can be many reasons behind this. This could also be because the orbiter is trying to detect methane at a time when it has dissolved in the atmosphere.
Gas gets reduced during the day
NASA scientist Paul Mahafay said, John believes that methane gas reduces to 0 during the day. This has been confirmed by checking its quantity twice during the day. Whereas it can be detected at night. Scientists have not yet been able to solve the mystery of methane on Mars. NASA says that methane is a stable molecule. Regarding which it is believed that it has been on Mars for the last 300 years. But during this time interval, there is something that is harming it.
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