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NASA 1976 Mars mission discovers life

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15:07, April 17, 2012

BEIJING, April 17(Xinhuanet) -- A new research conducted by a team of American scientists provided evidences that the 1976 Mars mission found microbes on the planet, according to a report released Tuesday on the website of American National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

Four decades ago, NASA launched the Viking Mission to probe life on Mars, and then came to a conclusion that the red planet is lifeless.

After using the modern technology to reanalyze the data of 1976 mission, scientists found the microbes in the collected Mars soil might be killed by mistake at temperature of 160-degree Celsius.

"I'm 99 percent sure there's life there," said team leader Dr. Joseph Miller, a former NASA researcher and current associate professor in University of Southern California.

And the studies conducted by the team recently on methane emission on Mars also support the new finding, he said.

NASA's latest probe, Curiosity, is due to land on Mars in August, which will again search for signs of life on the planet.

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