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Old 08 June 2018, 02:12 PM
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I'm no expert, but I'll give it a whirl.

I believe "organic molecules" technically only means there's carbon and some hydrogen in them. But those molecules are the stuff that "life as we know it" is based on.

My understanding is that the discovery shows that the chemicals that eventually led to life on Earth were also present on Mars in the past, and that the conditions were somewhat similar. Not proof of life by a long shot, but a lot closer to proof than we've been up to this point.
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