Weird Cell-Shaped Structure Discovered In Mars Meteorite


Scanning electron microscope image of a mysterious oval structure in the Nakhla Mars meteorite. | Elias Chatzitheodoridis, Sarah Haigh, Ian Lyon
Scientists have found a strange structure resembling a microbial cell inside a Martian meteorite, but they’re not claiming that it’s evidence of Red Planet life.

By Mike WallHuffington Post/Space.com

The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure’s appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes, team members said.

„The consideration of possible biotic scenarios for the origin of the ovoid structure in Nakhla currently lacks any sort of compelling evidence,“ the scientists write in a new study published this month in the journal Astrobiology. „Therefore, based on the available data that we have obtained on the nature of this conspicuous ovoid structure in Nakhla, we conclude that the most reasonable explanation for its origin is that it formed through abiotic processes.“ [The Search for Life on Mars (A Photo Timeline)]

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