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Atacama Desert's "Extreme Microbial Oasis" --A Preview of Future Mars Discoveries?

Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet’s surface, according to researchers who have been carrying out the painstaking task of analysing individual particles of...
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