Mars Curiosity Discovery ‘One for the History Books’

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Wall of Gale Crater where NASA scientists can see a fluvial system on Mars

Mars Curiosity has made an exciting discovery. The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM.

But we will need to wait until December.

John Grotzinger, principal investigator for the rover mission told NPR last week at his NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA:

“We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting. The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down. This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good.”

Grotzinger says it will take several more weeks before he and his team are ready to talk about their latest finding.

Will the December NASA announcement be methane, thought to indicate life, fossils or, something else? We will have to wait a few more weeks to know the answer.

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6 Responses to Mars Curiosity Discovery ‘One for the History Books’

  1. Brigadoon says:

    How exciting. I hope it’s either fossils of former Martian life or actual life forms. Proof positive that we are not alone after all.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    If the announcement is life on Mars, don’t even think of telling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). He will be very confused since he doesn’t believe in science. In fact, he will think it’s a liberal conspiracy and intended to destroy America!

  3. feminazi says:

    I can hardly wait to hear the announcement. I hope it’s life. Even amoebic life would be exciting.

  4. Marcus Ybanez says:

    There’s evidence Mars once had water — lots of water and life as we know it requires water to survive.

    My guess is, Curiosity has found fossils. Ancient evidence of Martian life. A precursor of what earth will one day become. A dry, barren wasteland.

  5. woyoyo says:

    ….life as we know it requires water to survive.

    Marcus – What if it’s fossil remnants of life not as we know it? December will be very interesting.

  6. dunefox says:

    Here come the Martians!

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