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Video Short: Martian Salt

If cellulose survived 250 million years on Earth, could it survive in salt deposits on Mars?
Publish Date: Topic: Space + FlightSpace & FlightBrand: NOVA ScienceNOWNOVA ScienceNOW

What would it mean if we found cellulose in salt deposits on Mars just like those found in salt crystals here on Earth? For planetary geologist Phil Christensen, it would say one thing: "Wow, Mars had life." In this video extra, hear from Christensen and others on the potential for such a discovery.

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