The Viking Carbon Assimilation Experiments: Interim Report

Science  17 Dec 1976:
Vol. 194, Issue 4271, pp. 1321-1322
DOI: 10.1126/science.194.4271.1321


A synthesis of organic matter from atmospheric carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, or both, appears to take place in the surface material of Mars at a low rate. The synthesis appears to be thermolabile and to be inhibited by moisture.