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Mars rovers to focus on the search for life

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funny that this was also curiosity's mission... https://www.space.com/17963-mars-curiosity.html 

so it failed i guess and 6 more billion dollars are needed ?

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Curiosity was intended to confirm that Mars was once fit for life. It accomplished that goal, establishing that the appropriate sort of watery environment persisted for a long time.

 Among the more interesting activities that ESA's ExoMars will pursue is drilling up to two meters below the surface, to look for signs of past life. Because of radiation at the surface, underground life is considered more likely.

It will also scan for methane from orbit, and take data intended to distinguish between geological and biological  sources of that gas. If it could be shown that the methane on Mars comes from living things, it would be a highly important discover-- life on another world.

 Among it's other  activities, NASA's Mars 2020 will collect samples of the materials on Mars most likely to reveal signs of life, and cache these samples for return to Earth, by a later mission. It may be that a final answer to the question: 'was there, or is there life on Mars'? may only be solved, once samples from the Red Planet can be returned to Earth for analysis.  

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On 8/19/2017 at 4:06 AM, qxcontinuum said:

funny that this was also curiosity's mission... https://www.space.com/17963-mars-curiosity.html 

so it failed i guess and 6 more billion dollars are needed ?

You really should learn to actually read the stuff you link to particularly when your own "evidence" totally contradicts the falsehoods you are posting.

The very first paragraph of the article you linked to says:

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The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover centerpiece, Curiosity, is the most ambitious Mars mission yet flown by NASA. The rover's primary mission is to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for life. Another objective is to learn more about the red planet's environment.

 

Later there is this, which unequivocally proves your case wrong:

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Primary mission: Can, or could, Mars support life?

Curiosity's prime mission is to determine if Mars is, or was, suitable for life. While it is not designed to find life itself, the rover carries a number of instruments on board that can bring back information about the surrounding environment.

(my emphasis)

So Mars Curiosity is a resounding success and it is your post that is the total failure.

It is precisely BECAUSE Mars Curiosity was a success in proving that conditions on Mars could have supported life that rovers are now being built to find out if life was or is present.

Science works by the steady accumulation of knowledge, new discoveries coming from steadily and logically improving data. Unlike your posts, science is not based on wild speculation, complete guesses and wishful thinking.

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On 19/08/2017 at 4:06 AM, qxcontinuum said:

funny that this was also curiosity's mission... https://www.space.com/17963-mars-curiosity.html 

so it failed i guess and 6 more billion dollars are needed ?

Nope. That 6 billion dollars will be used to help keep the earth flat and hollow.  

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