U of A Researchers Explore Possibility of Life on Mars


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Two new studies by University of Arkansas researchers are making a case that it’s possible for some types of life to survive on Mars.

Rebecca Mickol, a former graduate student at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, and Tim Kral, a professor of biological sciences, worked on the research together.

The two focused their research on methanogens, methane-producing microorganisms that are common on Earth.

Kral says the results of this research is just a start.

“We aren’t putting the whole picture together, that is very difficult to do, so all that we are saying is that the organisms we work with, these methanogins, may be able to survive under those Mars conditions,” Kral said.

The research was partially funded by grants from NASA, the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and the National Science Foundation.

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