The Russians devise a new way to find life on Mars

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Scientists at the University of Moscow’s Center for Nuclear Physics Research have devised a new way to search for life on Mars and other planets of the solar system by scanning their surface with laser.

“We have invented a measurement method and a tool to determine the possibility of microorganisms to live in cosmic space … This method is based on fluorescent radiation emitted by microscopic biological objects after exposure to laser beams,” said Mikhail Panasiuk, director of the center, deputy head of the International Space Research Committee, in a statement to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. One of the characteristics of emitted radiation is determining whether or not there is a life in this place.

He added: “With the help of this device we can study any site hundreds of kilometers away … but this method allows to determine the presence of the effects of life on the surface only.”



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