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NASA Spacecraft Detects Impact Glass on Surface of Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected deposits of glass within impact craters on Mars. Though formed in the searing heat of a violent impact, such deposits might provide a delicate window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet.
During the past few years, research has shown evidence about past life has been preserved in impact glass here on Earth. A 2014 study led by scientist Peter Schultz of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, found organic molecules and plant matter entombed in glass formed by an impact that occurred millions of years ago in Argentina. Schultz suggested that similar processes might preserve signs of life on Mars, if they were present at the time of an impact.

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The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has approved new names for two craters on Mars.

Arima for a 53.59-km-wide Martian crater located at -15.84S, 296.32E.
The feature was named in honour of a town in Trinidad and Tobago.

Baucau for a 17.94-km-wide Martian crater located at -28.37S, 304.9E.
The feature was named after a town in Timor-Leste.



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