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NASA teases 'historic' Mars discovery


Posted on Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 | Comment icon 115 comments | News tip by: Imaginarynumber1


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Curiosity's chief scientist John Grotzinger has described the find as 'one for the history books'.

So far very little has been revealed about whatever it is that Curiosity has found on Mars that has scientists so excited. The discovery was made using the rover's on board SAM ( Sample Analysis at Mars ) instrument which is capable of identifying organic compounds in the Martian soil. According to Grotzinger, the team has discovered something interesting in one of the soil samples.

Unfortunately we may have to wait a few weeks for the official announcement, the team want to check and double-check the results to make absolutely sure that they are real. As Curiosity's primary goal on Mars is to determine if the planet has ever been capable of supporting microbial life, a "historic" announcement from the team is likely to prove very interesting indeed.

"NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history books," but we'll have to wait a few weeks to find out what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #106 Posted by bison on 3 December, 2012, 15:30
You're right about that piece of string, and I've never been very good at predicting the future. There are a lot of variables that could affect the pace of discovery. How clear is the evidence? Dr. Grotzinger's quick 'one for the history books' reaction seems to suggest something really striking, while the subsequent disclaimers by others in NASA make it seem rather less so. Did Dr. Grotzinger get carried away by his enthusiasm, or are the other NASA people being more cautious than necessary? We won't even to begin to have a sense of this for a couple of hours, yet. I d... [More]
Comment icon #107 Posted by HawkLord on 3 December, 2012, 16:17
Lets hope the organic compounds they found is something like yeast so that we can all have Martian Beer.
Comment icon #108 Posted by thewonderman on 3 December, 2012, 18:10
Is there going be news regarding this discovery today ?
Comment icon #109 Posted by bison on 3 December, 2012, 19:34
There was a press briefing from 9 to 10 a.m. Pacific time, 17:00 UT/ GMT, today. Dr. John Grotzinger and several of his colleagues spoke about ongoing operation of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Dr. Grotzinger maintains that his 'one for the history books' remark refers to his relief, and satisfaction when the rover first successfully completed several tests with consistent results, showing that it was working as intended. I question his use of the expression 'one for the history books', without further explanation, and in a context intended for a lay audience. It seems that simp... [More]
Comment icon #110 Posted by 747400 on 3 December, 2012, 19:41
So was that it, then, or haven't they actually said it yet?
Comment icon #111 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 December, 2012, 20:25
I've posted NASA's article on this press briefing here:
Comment icon #112 Posted by seeder on 3 December, 2012, 21:48
Are we not on the cusp of finding out...exactly what...this is all about? What it 'really' means etc?
Comment icon #113 Posted by DieChecker on 3 December, 2012, 22:34
From Waspie Dwarfs link: Transformer Footprints!!! Small one from the looks of the prints... Teasing!!! Looks like dirt you might dig up in some places in Eastern Oregons high desert. So, water, amorphous glass and carbon were all found, just as people speculated. But none of them is a smoking gun of anything in particular.
Comment icon #114 Posted by DONTEATUS on 4 December, 2012, 3:39
So what If you mix that all up with some Good Vodka ? Maybe then We Shall see the Martians come out of the Stone work`s !


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