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    To cut a long story short, basically, NASA's Curiosity rover has apparently discovered something on Mars that is quite huge and is said to be for the history books. NASA are keeping tight lipped on what it is at the moment though, as they are trying to verify everything. Apparently the discovery is related to a soil sample, with some speculation (as always) being about the possibility of the discovery being linked to ancient life on Mars or other organic material. The full article text is as follows:
    Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

    NPR reported on Tuesday that NASA has some exciting news about a discovery with its Curiosity rover that could be “one for the history books.”

    According to NPR’s Joe Palca, NASA is keeping its lips sealed on a Mars discovery until everything is verified.

    After visiting with John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission, Palca found out that the data coming down from Curiosity now “is gonna be one for the history books.”

    Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument is the one that has made the mysterious discovery. This instrument is designed to address the present and past habitability of Mars by exploring molecular and elemental chemistry.

    The instrument addresses carbon chemistry through a search for organic compounds, the chemical state of light elements other than carbon, and isotopic tracers of planetary changes.

    Essentially, when putting together the NPR report and what Grotzinger told Palca, it sounds as though NASA is holding back information about a discovery of possible ancient life on Mars.

    Grotzinger told NPR that NASA scientists recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something “earthshaking.” He did not provide much more information than that.

    NASA held up announcing a finding before that originally looked as though they had discovered methane on Mars, which comes from living organisms. During that time, the team wanted to be sure they were measuring Martian air, and not air from the rover’s launchpad. These results ended up being air brought from Florida.

    Grotzinger said it will take several weeks before NASA is ready to talk about their latest finding.

    NASA is still receiving its data about the latest find, and the team is “busily chewing away on it,” Grotzinger told Palca.

    The space agency told Wired in an email that it would hold a press conference about the results during the 2012 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco December 3 to 7.

    Planetary scientist Peter Smith from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory told Wired that if it is one for the history books, as NPR reported, then organic material is what to expect. He is a former principal investigator on a previous Mars mission.

    “If they found signatures of a very complex organic type, that would be astounding,” Smith told Wired.


    Source: Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
    Personally, I wonder if it's something closer to this:

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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    I wonder if it's something like microscopic life, that's most likely what I think of when I see "one for the history books"
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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquanova View Post
    I wonder if it's something like microscopic life, that's most likely what I think of when I see "one for the history books"
    Me to and wonder what bible thumpers and other religious groups will say about it (not trying to cause a controversy here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRAGON PIRANHA View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Aquanova View Post
    I wonder if it's something like microscopic life, that's most likely what I think of when I see "one for the history books"
    Me to and wonder what bible thumpers and other religious groups will say about it (not trying to cause a controversy here ?
    It doesn't matter to this thread what they'll think, as it isn't this thread's topic.

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    Please be life please please please please

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    "Omg we found something wicked awesome... but we're not going tell you so we can get even more attention when we do tell you." I can't be the only person who read the article this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santabomb View Post
    "Omg we found something wicked awesome... but we're not going tell you so we can get even more attention when we do tell you." I can't be the only person who read the article this way.
    To be fair, it's be embarrassing if they made the announcement and then learned their data was faulty. If it's as major as they say, being cautious makes sense.

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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    Now I'm curious whatever happened to life on Mars that made it lifeless, and will the same thing happen to our planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghetsis-Dennis View Post
    Now I'm curious whatever happened to life on Mars that made it lifeless, and will the same thing happen to our planet.
    The Martians probably thought Earth was a better place to live because of the oncoming disaster, but alas, they were ironically destroyed by a meteorite. Some of them are still alive however, like Sharks, Crocodiles...

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    If they're not faking it, I think its some form of microscopic life.

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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    *sigh*

    Announcements of future announcements aren't cool, NASA. Don't do this. :(

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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    If our (2nd) closest neighbor has life on it, imagine the possibilities for the entire galaxy! Universe! I'm quite interested to find out what NASA has discovered.

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    On history books, imagine the boost to the economy replacing every by then printed outdated information regarding extraterrestrial life.
    This stall is likely due to certain interest groups demanding the information before the public.
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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulletproof Scales View Post
    On history books, imagine the boost to the economy replacing every by then printed outdated information regarding extraterrestrial life.
    Considering there are some public schools which refer to the civil rights movement of the 1960s as "something to keep an eye on in the future" and most schools don't have history books that even cover the Clinton administration yet, I don't see any boost to the economy coming out of "hey guys, we found life on Mars", at least not in the form of literature.

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    Default Re: Curiosity finds history book worthy Mars discovery?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bulletproof Scales View Post
    On history books, imagine the boost to the economy replacing every by then printed outdated information regarding extraterrestrial life.
    My history textbook cites Clinton's election as a recent event. I doubt there'll be much of a boost from this development alone, especially since they're not likely to print brand-new textbooks right away to accommodate it.

    This stall is likely due to certain interest groups demanding the information before the public.
    Or, as they've said, it's to verify that their data is accurate.

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