A crack at life

By Ron Cowen, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

New images of ancient cracks on Mars suggest that liquid may have percolated through underground rock, providing a possible habitat for primitive life.

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which carries the most powerful magnifying camera yet sent to the Red Planet, captured the images in September 2006 as it flew over a Martian canyon called Candor Chasma.

While analyzing the images, geologist Chris Okubo of the University of Arizona in Tucson and his colleagues noticed that faults and fractur...

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