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Life on Mars: Expert 'quietly confident' Perseverance will dig up evidence of ancient life

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Scientists believe the Red Planet once boasted a hot and humid atmosphere, lakes and oceans, and conditions conducive for life to start and even thrive for some time.

Professor Smith said: “You never know, Perseverance might find signs of current life but I think this is very unlikely, however, I am quietly confident that it will find evidence of ancient life on Mars, which will make the return of the samples it collects extremely exciting.”

Before all of this happens, however, Perseverance will need to survive its descent through the planet’s atmosphere.

The rover will dive towards the planet’s surface at speeds of about 12,000mph.



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