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Author Topic: Perchlorate on Mars  (Read 936 times)
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« on: November 11, 2014, 04:56:35 PM »

I was watching a re-run of a search-for-life on mars programme, where they were discussing the soil makeup and whether it would be compatible with life. One of the surprising finds was that perchlorate present. In the programme, they commented that perchlorate is not naturally occuring on earth, and it was therefore surprising that this chemical was present on Mars.

While I was watching, it suddenly dawned on me that perchlorate is mainly used in rockets and fireworks - which made me wonder - is it really present on Mars, or are they just looking at contamination from the spaceprobe, which has been in close proximity to rockets etc.?
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