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Curiosity Rover finds no methane on mars


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#1    None of the above

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected no methane in its first analyses of the Martian atmosphere — that will doubtless disappoint those who hope to find life on the Red Planet.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:06 PM

So.... not much chance of Martian Cows then?...


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

View PostTaun, on 02 November 2012 - 07:06 PM, said:

So.... not much chance of Martian Cows then?...


(sorry couldn't resist...)

Moooooove along Taun! ;)


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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

View PostTaun, on 02 November 2012 - 07:06 PM, said:

So.... not much chance of Martian Cows then?...


(sorry couldn't resist...)

You also release methane, just because you eat more digestible stuff than a cow just not as much.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 07:14 PM

View Postquestionmark, on 02 November 2012 - 07:12 PM, said:

You also release methane, just because you eat more digestible stuff than a cow just not as much.


You obviously haven't been around my town lately with all the chili cook-offs we are having....

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:34 PM

Does ALL microbial life release methane?
I don't know, just wondering.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:38 PM

Was anyone expecting to find any?
Anyway, even if there may not be any now, doesn't necessarily mean that there may not have been some time in the past, does it? (hypothetically speaking.)

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:51 PM

Yeah, hopefully some very ancient fossils will turn-up.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:19 PM

These are still very early days for Curiosity. There are several reasons for the non-detection of methane that do not rule out current life on Mars. Among these are: Seasonal variation in the production of methane, a lower level of methane than the current threshold of detection, chemical reactions believed to exist on Mars that could quickly destroy methane, and issues around the functioning of the methane detecting instrument on Curiosity.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

View Postbison, on 03 November 2012 - 05:19 PM, said:

These are still very early days for Curiosity. There are several reasons for the non-detection of methane that do not rule out current life on Mars. Among these are: Seasonal variation in the production of methane, a lower level of methane than the current threshold of detection, chemical reactions believed to exist on Mars that could quickly destroy methane, and issues around the functioning of the methane detecting instrument on Curiosity.

If you don't mind, could you please elaborate on the above (my bolded) statements?
Not saying your wrong, but I would like some references to those claims.

Thanks.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

The Unggoy must have breathed it all.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

My money is on the radiation transformed it to another Gas,like -02 to the power of nuttin! Those trickeyt Martians ! There all under ground in the Glass Citys and A.C on  !
Or not .Maybe ther left when the rent got too High? :alien: :whistle: :tu:

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 09:46 PM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 03 November 2012 - 09:08 PM, said:

My money is on the radiation transformed it to another Gas,like -02 to the power of nuttin! Those trickeyt Martians ! There all under ground in the Glass Citys and A.C on  !
Or not .Maybe ther left when the rent got too High? :alien: :whistle: :tu:

You know, I think your right. My wife has all too often called me an alien.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:00 PM

Hey, I've got an idea. Why don't we just pubicly eat the aliens.
That would give them some pause for an extended invasion...


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 11:08 PM

View Postpallidin, on 03 November 2012 - 05:46 PM, said:

If you don't mind, could you please elaborate on the above (my bolded) statements?
Not saying your wrong, but I would like some references to those claims.

Thanks.
Collectively, the two articles, linked below, cover the points you indicated. http://solarsystem.n....cfm?ST_ID=2436                                                                                                  second article link is in separate post, on page two, this thread, with explanation.

Edited by bison, 03 November 2012 - 11:37 PM.





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