Has Curiosity Made an ‘Earth-Shaking’ Discovery on Mars?

6 years 9 months ago #95700 by Seanie_Morris
As usual, a feeder/feeler article about an upcoming announcement, "But like good scientists, they are waiting until they verify their results before saying anything definitive."

Thought it might have been about a marsquake, but not anymore. Fossilised organisms? New organic compounds? A watering hole? Who knows, details on the web in the next few days perhaps...

www.universetoday.com/98576/has-curiosit...h-shaking-discovery/

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6 years 9 months ago #95702 by johnomahony
It's could be very interesting. Possible signs of life? Hopefully not carried over on the lander from Earth.

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6 years 9 months ago #95707 by wbean
It's quite exciting. I can't wait to find out!

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6 years 9 months ago #95708 by Pikaia
Just heard it's a chewing gum wrapper.... LOL

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6 years 9 months ago #95709 by Mike
More Pyramids!!!!!

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6 years 9 months ago #95710 by johnomahony
"Entire Dail Eireann cabinet found on Mars by Curiosity rover-tax avoidance scam"
However despite the disappointment the search for intelligent life will continue.

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6 years 9 months ago #95712 by dmolloy
I doubt it will be life - but its mission was to find out if Mars ever had the conditions that might have supported life in its distant past???? As Carl Sagan would perhaps say - it would be profound either way as to whether we are alone or one of many life forms that exist or existed elsewhere.....anyway, can't wait and hope its not something stupid like "we can see your house from here" :woohoo:


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6 years 9 months ago #95713 by albertw

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6 years 9 months ago #95714 by lunartic
Nice one Al, I love that guy. :D

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6 years 9 months ago #95715 by Kerry Stargazer
Here’s how it will go, big announcement, followed by panic, then discreditment and then ridicule. :gramps:

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6 years 9 months ago #95718 by johnomahony

albertw wrote:


:laugh:

Seems like NASA are downplaying it a bit now.

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6 years 8 months ago - 6 years 8 months ago #95759 by Nerro
I read on few foreign sites that this story actually was blown out of proportion...To quote :
"My team thinks that this mission will go to history books"
And not like some journalists claimed that discvery that "Curiosity" MADE will go to history books.

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6 years 8 months ago #95774 by DeirdreKelleghan
FYI: NASA scientists to reveal what Curiosity has found at American Geophysical Union livestream press conf. 9am PT Mon 12/3 USTREAM TV

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6 years 8 months ago #95777 by markrgriffin
Sorry to disappoint, this is from the link provided

The next news conference about the NASA Mars rover Curiosity will be held in San Francisco at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Rumors and speculation that there are major new findings from the mission at this early stage are incorrect. The news conference will be an update about first use of the rover's full array of analytical instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil. One class of substances Curiosity is checking for is organic compounds -- carbon-containing chemicals that can be ingredients for life. At this point in the mission, the instruments on the rover have not detected any definitive evidence of Martian organics.

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6 years 8 months ago #95791 by markrgriffin
From www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/...y-life-nasa/1742213/


"No Martians, but NASA's Curiosity rover reports that the first soil sample taken from Mars contains chlorine-laced compounds similar to ones seen on the Red Planet's frozen poles and tantalizing hints of others that could be precursors to life's chemistry."

Close but no prize.

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