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SHOCKING: NASA Captures Sign Of Life On Mars, Finds Traces Of Fossils

| January 7 , 2018 , 13:43 IST

A NASA rover on Mars has sparked a frenzy after capturing what could be signs of past life on the Red Planet.

NASA's space explorer - dubbed Curiosity - has snapped what may be traces of fossils, according to researcher Barry DiGregorio.

DiGregorio, a research fellow at the University of Buckingham, said, "They look remarkably similar to Ordovician trace fossils I have studied and photographed here on Earth.

"If not trace fossils, what other geological explanations will NASA come up with?"

The images were taken using the rover's MAHLI, a colour camera mounted on top of the space vehicle.

Trace fossils are signs of past life, either from the dead remains of living creatures of things left behind by them.

The images released by NASA show the surface of Mars. They have been poured over by boffins and truth seekers looking for telltale signs that water once flowed on the Red Planet, which would mean that alien life could once have flourished there.

Ashwin Vasavada said they are between one and two millimetres in width, with the length a maximum of roughly five millimetres.

He told he "won't rule out" that they are trace fossils.

Ashwin added, "they are so tiny. These were unique enough, given the fact that we didn't know they were there (that) we thought we should go back.

"If we see more of them, then we begin to say that is an important process that's going on at Vera Rubin Ridge."