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Message 1299309 - Posted: 27 Oct 2012, 9:43:08 UTC

Many thanks John. All this is much more interesting isn't it!

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Message 1299371 - Posted: 27 Oct 2012, 13:33:26 UTC - in response to Message 1299309.

Many thanks John. All this is much more interesting isn't it!


Yea, The Mars Curiosity Rover mission is real science. Its fascinating to follow it.

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Message 1300613 - Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 1:01:15 UTC - in response to Message 1299309.

interesting if true??

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered that Martian soil is an awfully lot like Hawaiian sand.

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Message 1300744 - Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 17:28:41 UTC

Hawaiian soil

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Message 1301476 - Posted: 2 Nov 2012, 23:26:29 UTC - in response to Message 1300744.

No methane on Mars.


Where's Mars' Methane? Curiosity Draws a Blank


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Message 1301501 - Posted: 3 Nov 2012, 0:46:33 UTC - in response to Message 1301476.

No methane on Mars.


Where's Mars' Methane? Curiosity Draws a Blank


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Oh well, looks like we may have to turn our attention then to fossil hunting.


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Message 1301680 - Posted: 3 Nov 2012, 14:23:26 UTC

Very early days, still, for Curiosity. As the article mentions, there are several explanations for the non-detection of methane which do not rule out current life there. Among these: seasonal variability of methane production, a proportion of methane below the current threshold of detection, chemical reactions on Mars that could very quickly destroy methane, and issues around the functioning of Curiosity's methane detecting instrument.

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Message 1308223 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 2:01:45 UTC

Just read where NASA will have a big announcement early in December regarding a discovery that Curiosity has made. They are holding off until the data has been verified.
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Message 1308255 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 6:18:14 UTC - in response to Message 1308223.
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Speculation Centers on Organic Molecules. So they think??
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Message 1308276 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 7:54:00 UTC

OK, if Mars has it's own biosphere no matter how tenuous do we still send humans there? I know this isn't the United Federation of Planets and there is nothing written that would prevent us from going there but would the discovery of any form of life be good enough reason to stay away?
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Message 1308334 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 12:56:46 UTC - in response to Message 1308255.

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That would be good, Lynn; just how far up the organic molecules chain did Mars
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Message 1308419 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 18:14:50 UTC - in response to Message 1308334.

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That would be good, Lynn; just how far up the organic molecules chain did Mars
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just how far up the organic molecules chain did Mars
manage to progress? I would love to know also.

This is the latest:

Results of soil sample analysis by NASA's Curiosity rover may have yielded a significant scientific discovery on Mars, possibly of organic compounds, but until NASA makes a more detailed announcement at a conference in early December, the public will have to sift through available clues.
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Message 1308446 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 18:57:12 UTC - in response to Message 1308419.

Organic molecules exist in stellar gas clouds and are detected by millimeter band radio telescopes, so finding them on Mars should not be impossible. Maybe NASA and JPL found something more.
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Message 1308456 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 19:32:22 UTC

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Message 1308474 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 19:51:07 UTC

Organic compounds of sufficient complexity could be best explained as coming from living things. As these tend to break down, their continued presence would suggest they are being replenished by currently existing life.

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Message 1308510 - Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 21:24:34 UTC

SETI Institute shared this link on Facebook a few hours ago: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/20/165513016/big-news-from-mars-rover-scientists-mum-for-now?sc=tw

Long story short: The SAM instrument has detected something. SAM is looking for organic molecules.

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Message 1308702 - Posted: 22 Nov 2012, 9:27:14 UTC

Even if they do detect organic compounds, that only means that there could have been life, it doesn't mean there was or is. They thought they had found methane but hadn't, we are just going to have to be patient.

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Message 1309117 - Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 6:01:43 UTC - in response to Message 1308702.

Scientists do not expect Curiosity to find living creatures . Darn it :-(


Nasa puts lid on Mars excitement

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Message 1309257 - Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 14:28:00 UTC

The fellow 'putting the lid on Mars excitement' is Guy Webster a publicist or journalist, not a scientist. I very much doubt that he is privy to the information that the science team is holding onto so closely at the moment. If we had to eliminate all the scientific discoveries that were made unexpectedly, we'd be living in a very different and much less interesting world. Curiosity is able to detect chemical 'biosignatures', which are indicators of life. No one can say, in advance of the Dec. 3 press briefing, that this is what they have found, but given the 'one for the history books' remark by Dr. Grotzinger, head of the Curiosity science team, it is not an unreasonable possibility.

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Message 1309329 - Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 18:05:19 UTC
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