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NASA's robots have detected a cloud of methane on the surface of Mars, supporting speculation that life might exist. Scientists predict the gas is from microbes buried beneath the surface of the planet.

The missionary scientists, known as Kiorosity, have measured 21 parts of a billionth of a methane in the Martian landing area, more than three times what was previously measured from the same gas on the planet in 2013.

The reason scientists are excited about the possibility of life on Mars is that the majority of methane on the planet's surface is produced by organisms in one way or another, but the robot on Mars can not recognize the differences between the two planets.

Methane gas has properties associated with the nature of the planet. For example, gas can be released from the interaction of water with some rock types, NASA assistant scientific director Thomas Zurbuchin explains through his Twitter account.

"Our current standards can not confirm whether the source of methane on Mars is biological, geological or even old or new," said Paul Maffee, a scientist at NASA's Space Flight Center in Maryland, .

On the 16th of this month, the spacecraft took a picture of the surface of the planet showing a luminous object whose origin or cause was not identified. Some have interpreted it as a spacecraft that astronomers have not shown much importance. NASA has previously captured images showing light, which is interpreted as a reflection of a rock or glare by the sun.

The spacecraft, "curiosity", touched the surface of the red planet for the first time in August 2012, and since then various degrees of methane have been measured as rising and decreasing by seasons.

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