Bacteria can live 280 million years under the surface of Mars

As Elton John once sang, “Mars is not the place to raise your children; it’s actually pretty damn cold.” But new research suggests that the Martian cold may allow bacteria to survive for up to 280 million years beneath the planet’s surface.

The find raises hopes that traces of ancient life – or even viable organisms in suspended animation – could one day be found on the Red Planet.

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