Life in the lake of Mars’ Gale crater

An assistant professor at Stony Brook helped discover that Mars’ Gale crater once had the potential to develop diverse forms of life. Following the 2013 finding that the crater contained a freshwater lake more than three billion years ago, an international team of researchers worked with NASA to reveal more details. Their recent discoveries show that the lake had been stratified, and the result was differing levels of oxygen throughout the lake that would have created opportunities for many kinds of lifeforms to develop.

The team was able to collaborate using NYSERNet’s R&E network.