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Mars Rover Finds Record of Conditions Suited for Ancient Life
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found evidence for a freshwater setting on ancient Mars, the terminus of an ancient river system and possibly an intermittently wet lake bed, which could have provided chemical energy and other favorable conditions for microbes. Clues to this habitable environment come from analysis of the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on Mars. Curiosity's drill collected it at a site just a few hundred meters, or yards, away from where the rover earlier found an ancient streambed.

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Cut #1 - John Grotzinger, Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist, California Institute of Technology

TRT: 00:10 –“We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life, that probably, if this water was around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it!”
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