Joe Palca, a well respected science reporter, visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week to meet with scientists about the Mars Curiosity Rover.
While there he got a scoop. Sort of. From John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission. Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something earthshaking. “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” he says.
If it is organic. And the belief is that what phobes remain are remnant of a life which once existed. Can we say Mars today is Earth's tomorrow?
Maybe, though it wouldn't have been that similar to Earth, even if it had an atmosphere. The difference in distance to our sun would've provided the alterations.
I have to say though, I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl about this...I can't even hide my dorkiness at this point.
An announcement is planned between Dec 3rd and the 7th, in the meantime they're double and triple-checking results to assure that it's the real deal. It wouldn't be the first time they thought they had something only to find that an error occurred somewhere.
JPL director: Mars rover Curiosity may have found organic compounds, clue in search for life
The Curiosity rover may have found organic compounds on Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory director Charles Elachi told conference attendees in Rome on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
"Perhaps Curiosity has found simple organic molecules," Elachi said at La Sapienza University, according to La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno. "It's preliminary data that must be checked (on) organic, not biological, molecules."
plasmaball: Yes a woman's Orgasm is like trying to spot the wild snow leopard. You must wait weeks upon maybe months and if you are lucky you might spot a small puddle from this cunning creature called the orgasm. its more like sometimes you have to fake it because
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plasmaball: we find you boring.
Feb 7, 2013 12:05:22 GMT -5
LadyGunSlinger: Your psychobabble is just that and shows you don't know shit about a woman's body.
Feb 7, 2013 12:27:10 GMT -5
plasmaball: sigh sarcasm is lost on the stupid. dear the womans body is not a rubix cube.
Feb 7, 2013 12:37:53 GMT -5
LadyGunSlinger: As if I am suppose to be able to discern your attitude over the interwebz??
Feb 7, 2013 12:44:55 GMT -5