Mars could be home to underground life, bombshell new study claims

There could be aliens living underground on Mars, a groundbreaking study has found.

Experts say radioactive elements which keep bacteria alive in water-filled cracks on Earth – in a process known as radiolysis – could be doing the same on the far-away planet in space.

The bombshell findings, published in Astrobiology, claim that below the Martian surface, microbial life could have been thriving for billions of years.

Scientists also studied the potential richness of life on the planets underground through looking at chunks of rock.

They found a whopping one million microbes could exist in just one kilogram of rock – similar to samples right here on earth, reports Space.

The ground surface of the unexplored planet is likely to be uninhabitable as it is savaged with dust storms, solar winds and cosmic rays.

But Jesse Tarnas, a top scientist at NASA and the study’s lead author, said there could be life underground: “The environment with the best chance of habitability on Mars is the subsurface.”

The expert, who has studied the possibility of habitability on Mars, pointed out that if the Red Planet contained water, there is a fair chance of life on Mars.

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After the team of scientists studied grain sizes, mineral makeup and radioactive elements of rocks on Mars, they put it into a super computer that simulated the radiolysis process.

It worked out how well the process would have made the important hydrogen gas and sulfates, and found that if liquid was present, humans could finally be looking at evidence of life in space.

The findings come following NASA's heightened efforts to probe into the nearest planet to Earth.

Last week, the organisation announced they wanted to pay four brave members of the public to live on a Mars simulation for a whole year.

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The paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications back home, restricted food and resources and equipment failures.

And not long before that, boffins were left baffled when their Mars rover came back empty-handed.

The Perseverance rover's drill, designed to search for signs of life on Mars, appeared to deploy as planned but then the sample tube was mysteriously empty when checked.

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