Flat Tire Unearths Martian Microbes

For real.


According to the BBC, the martian rover has kicked up some silica-rich soil, which could indicate microbial life. All because of a flat tire. The page calls it a “Lucky Find”:

It has been described as a fortuitous discovery. Spirit has been driving with a broken wheel that constantly digs a trough as the vehicle trundles across the Martian landscape.

In May this year, scientists working on the mission noticed the churned-up soil had a much brighter appearance than usual.

These robots were supposed to function for 90 days but both rovers have been in action for around 1400 days now. Although they will have to reduce their activity due to the harsh Martian winter.

If this keeps up, it will only be a matter of time before a busted spark plug rips a hole in the fabric of space-time.


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