Սկանդալային բացահայտում. Վիգեն Սարգսյանը ԼԳԲՏ ակտիվիստ է և ԳԵՅԵՐԻ կողմնակից


One further focus of such investigation—besides the basic composition and geologic history of the various Solar System bodies—is the presence of the building blocks of life on comets, asteroids, Mars or the moons of the gas giants. Several sample-return missions to asteroids and comets are currently in the works. More samples from asteroids and comets will help determine whether life formed in space and was carried to Earth by meteorites. Another question under investigation is whether extraterrestrial life formed on other Solar System bodies like Mars or on the moons of the gas giants, and whether life might even exist there today. The result of NASA’s last «Decadal Survey» was to prioritize a Mars sample-return mission, as Mars has a special importance: it is comparatively «nearby», might have harbored life in the past, and might even be able to sustain life today. Jupiter’s moon Europa is another important focus in the search for life in the Solar System. However, due to the distance and other constraints, Europa might not be the target of a sample-return mission in the foreseeable future.