This is what it should look like next August when Curiosity lands on Mars. It’s the largest E.T. vehicle ever, and will be looking for signs of life, past or present, including carbon molecules, methane gas, even genetic material from primitive life forms.
“It’s a long shot,” said MIT researcher Chris Carr, who’s working on the life-detecting device, in a statement. “But if we go to Mars and find life that’s related to us, we could have originated on Mars. Or if it started here, it could have been transferred to Mars.”