Martian mystery! NASA scientists are baffled by 'mind-boggling’ data from Curiosity rover showing sudden fluctuations in the oxygen levels on the Red Planet | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Martian mystery! NASA scientists are baffled by 'mind-boggling’ data from Curiosity rover showing sudden fluctuations in the oxygen levels on the Red Planet

NASA scientists have been left 'baffled' after a new first-of-its-kind experiment detected inexplicable fluctuations in oxygen levels on the surface of Mars.

A portable chemistry lab on the Curiosity Rover has been sampling the air above the Gale Crater on the Red Planet for three Martian years (or about six Earth years).

Scientists have used this data to measure the way the gases that fill the air above the surface of the crater change with the seasons.

They discovered that the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere goes up by 30 per cent in the spring then drops back to normal by the autumn in a way that cannot be explained by any known chemical process.

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