Study nixes Mars life in meteorite found in Antarctica
MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace WriterJan. 13, 2022Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 4:09 p.m. 1of6FILE – The meteorite labeled ALH84001 is held in the hand of a scientist at a Johnson Space Center lab in Houston, Aug. 7, 1996. Scientists say they’ve confirmed the meteorite from Mars contains no evidence of ancient Martian life. The rock caused a splash…
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 4 billion-year-old meteorite from Mars that caused a splash here on Earth decades ago contains no evidence of ancient, primitive Martian life after all, scientists reported Thursday.
In 1996, a NASA-led team announced that organic compounds in the rock appeared to have been left by living creatures. Others were skeptical, and scientists continued to question the idea over the years. The most recent example was by Andrew Steele of the Carnegie Institution for Science.