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Life on the Moon

We've already found water on the moon and now scientists from India say they've found signs of life there as well. The instruments on their first unmanned lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, picked up signs of carbon, the main building block of life, on parts of the moon's surface, just before it crashed into the moon's south pole in November.

Similar observations were made by the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, which brought soil and rock samples back to Earth, where scientists found traces of amino acids (another basic building block of life).

The DNA website quotes Surendra Pal, director of the Isro Satellite Center (ISAC), as saying, saying, "It could be comets or meteorites which have deposited the matter on the Moon's surface; or the instrument that landed on the Moon [during the Apollo 11 mission] could have left traces, but the presence of large sheets of ice in the polar regions of the moon, and the discovery of water molecules there, lend credence to the possibility of organic matter there."

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