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Looking for evidence of a Martian origin of life.
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An origin of Earth life on Mars would resolve significant inconsistencies between the inferred history of life and Earth’s geologic history. Life as we know it utilizes amino acids, nucleic acids, and lipids for the metabolic, informational, and compartment-forming subsystems of a cell. Such building blocks may have formed simultaneously from cyanosulfidic chemical precursors in a planetary surface scenario involving ultraviolet light, wet-dry cycling, and volcanism. However, early Earth was a water world, and the timing of the rise of oxygen on Earth is inconsistent with final fixation of the genetic code in response to oxidative stress. A cyanosulfidic origin of life could have taken place on Mars via photoredox chemistry, facilitated by orders of magnitude more sub-aerial crust than early Earth, and an earlier transition to oxidative conditions. Meteoritic bombardment may have generated transient habitable environments and ejected and transferred life to Earth. The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover offers an unprecedented opportunity to confirm or refute evidence consistent with a cyanosulfidic origin of life on Mars, search for evidence of ancient life, and constrain the evolution of Mars’ oxidation state over time.

JoeB 6 Mar 3
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I suspect that as a star ages, it's Goldilocks zone shrinks. And, that once upon a time, Mars was in the Goldilocks zone, while our humble planet was as inhospitable as Venus is now.

davknight Level 8 Mar 3, 2021

Technically, Mars is still considered to be within the Goldilocks zone, with many planetary scientists believing that it would host liquid water on its surface if it were as large as Earth, and has lost its water and atmosphere due to its small size.

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I sure hope they find life on Mars in my lifetime, it will answer so so many questions. Although no doubt will pose new ones as well.

Druvius Level 8 Mar 3, 2021

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