August 23, 2019

Scientists from NASA's Mars 2020 mission and the European Space Agency-Roscosmos ExoMars mission are in the Australian Outback to hone research techniques before their missions launch to the Red Planet in summer 2020. They are hoping to better understand how to search for signs of ancient life on Mars. The Pilbara region of North West Australia is home to “stromatolites,” the oldest confirmed fossilized lifeforms on Earth.

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[strong wind]
[adults chattering]
[chattering] [Man] ...extending basins is because the rate of sedimentation is pretty rapid these things just--
[chattering] [Man #2] So Martin, you introduced this by describing the--
[chattering] [Man #3] these [unintelligible] laminates, but of a very different character from any of this.
[adults chattering]
[rock hitting rock] bang, bang
[chattering] [Man #4] So, Martin, you introduced this by describing this discovery--
[birds tweeting]



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