A team of scientists announced on Monday that the Mars Rover Curiosity had found evidence of organic compounds on the Red Planet.
Martian soil samples analyzed aboard the rover revealed “water and sulfur and chlorine-containing substances,” the space agency said in press materials.
Scientists will now have to determine whether the compounds are indigenous to Mars. There is a possibility that the organics could have come to Mars from Earth aboard the rover. There is also a chance that they could be materials that had fallen to Mars from space.
"As a scientist, it’s always a good feeling to obtain confirming evidence for something you had strongly suspected was true. Curiosity has just taken us there. But it’s an even better feeling to find evidence that conflicts with long-held ideas. Over its usable life, Curiosity will almost surely take us there too."
We’ll be giving these neat Curiosity replicas away to a few lucky #MarsTrivia winners. You can follow the games and play along on Twitter at @HuffPostScience.
In honor of the recent Mars Curiosity Rover landing, Mat
tel’s Hot Wheels brand has created a 1:64 scale miniature of the Rover. The die-cast replica, which was created to spark imagination as well as bring further awareness to NASA’s project, will hit stores in September, and be available for $1.09 (average price).