NASA have made a remarkable discovery, in what they are referring to as the ‘history of our lives’, over in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The discovery involves the finding of giant crystals buried deep beneath the ground in the Naica Mine which have been on Earth for over 60,000 years.
When NASA got hold of the crystals, which they originally believed to be a photoshop hoax, they were able to revive new life forms that had been living inside of the mysterious objects, reports BBC News.
Up to 90 per cent of the life forms discovered have never been seen before – leading astounded scientists to suggest that this is what life is like on Mars.
Dr Penelope Boston, the director of NASA‘s Astrobiology Institute and leader of the project, said:
It was a transformative experience… it really felt strange.
It was a very hard environment to work in, but tear-inducingly beautiful. It’s like being inside a geode. They’re really showing us what our kind of life can do in terms of manipulating materials.
Inside the mine, temperatures can reach as high as 60c due to a large pocket of volcanic magma directly beneath the discovery. This has led astrobiologists, who were forced to wear space suits in order to withstand the heat, to dub the cave ‘hell’.
What is perhaps most interesting is the fact that due to the intense heat almost all life forms would not be able to survive here – but by feeding on sulphides, iron, manganese or copper oxide, these life forms have survived for thousands and thousands of years.
Dr Boston added:
These guys are living in an environment where there’s not organic food as we understand it.
They’re an example at very high temperatures of organisms making their living essentially by munching down inorganic minerals and compounds. This is maybe the deep history of our life here.
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