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Exciting News From Mars! (But we can't tell you just yet...)

NPR: Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem.

They have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.

It's a bind scientists frequently find themselves in, because by their nature, scientists like to share their results. At the same time, they're cautious because no one likes to make a big announcement and then have to say "never mind."

The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. "We're getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting," John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission, says during my visit last week to his office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. That's where data from SAM first arrive on Earth. "The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down," says Grotzinger.

SAM is a kind of miniature chemistry lab. Put a sample of Martian soil or rock or even air inside SAM, and it will tell you what the sample is made of.

Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something earthshaking. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," he says.

Grotzinger can see the pained look on my face as I wait, hoping he'll tell me what the heck he's found, but he's not providing any more information.

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Ha Ha! Who didn't see this coming?

As usual the space cadet evolutionist have made themselves fools again.

http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=130002VDRYP8

I keep hoping

I keep hoping to read that scientists have found more intelligent life on earth.

That quest ended centuries

That quest ended centuries ago. :)

Still no confirmation of

Still no confirmation of methane?

They found a unused money hole?

We are paying the interest on the money borrowed to build that Rover and we still owe the principal.

The people demand pure science but governmental agencies tend towards political science.

Have we been had!?

Free includes debt-free!

They found Newt's space

They found Newt's space colony which clearly indicated plans for all politicians to take up residency on another planet. A cause for joy the scientists are hard pressed to keep secret.

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LMAO :))

LMAO :))

Wouldn't you love that relocation ?!

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Monkey droppings

For years people sent monkeys into space for testing purposes. WHERE DID THEY ALL GO? Some say Mars. Plant Of The Apes: science fiction or CHILLING PROPHECY?

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They found Gold or some other Precious Metal?

Microscopic organisms

Worms

I think it's going to be "earthshaking" to NASA Nerds

What if the news was "mars-shaking" and that's what happened to the planet, it got "rocked" (hahahahahaha)

Hey, watch it with the "nerds" comment.

We nerds need love too.

Didn't it test positive for

Didn't it test positive for life back in the late 70's? Granted it was probably microbial. This may be big news but it'll be big news we should have already known.

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Smells like they found methane.

Could it be? If they found methane, that would suggest a lot.

http://science.time.com/2012/11/20/a-mars-announcement-for-t...

**UPDATE** The Findings Have Been Announced...

Tell me something I didn't already suspect...geez...predictable as usual!

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoV4Ae6xQ...

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Cyril's picture

Let me guess...

Let me guess...

The iPhone 13 ?

Uncle Ben's next fiat money printer-printer-printer- ... printer ?

Elvis' Retirement Villa ?

...

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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Wait ... ObaMARX's

Wait.

... ObaMARX's undecipherable (in Old Martian - now extinct) birth certificate !

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

They found a very large black

They found a very large black obelisk... origin unknown.

Ehhh

Probably some bacteria or something.

Did they find evidence of old bigfoot poo?

No let me guess... they found a chemical that they "think" "might" support microbial life!

They just can't find the microbes.

Maybe the lander can spread a chemtrail dropping earthly microbes and contamination for future rovers to discover and exaggerate.

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every thing they find is

every thing they find is earth-shaking because if it wasn't they would lose funding to do it again.

I am pretty sure by the

I am pretty sure by the phrasing they found some type of life or evidence thereof...most likely microscopic...bacterial or single celled. That does not surprise me at all, while Mars may be a harsh enviroment its really not much harsher than the poles are on earth and they find life there too.....I would hardly call it earthshaking, or even religion shaking...I dont know any religion that claims life only exists on earth....religions are just focused on earth because currently the rest of the universe is beyond our reach.

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THEY FOUND GOLD!
*Starts building star-ship*

Lost in Space Miners: Precious Metal & Mineral" - Help Wanted.

Asteroid Miners: Precious Metal & Mineral" - Help Wanted.
Submitted by Mark Twain on Wed, 10/10/2012

April 25, 2012. Help Wanted, Classified Ad Section:

Job description & working environment: Planetary Resources, the new space venture backed by Google ™ and Microsoft ™ founders that's planning to mine near-Earth asteroids, has begun advertising for 'asteroid miners'. The new company revealed details of its first exploratory missions to mine ice deposits as well as precious metals and minerals. The ice water could support life, or be split into oxygen and liquid hydrogen to make breathable air and rocket propellant, the firm says. Planetary Resources cofounder Eric Anderson - the founder of the civilian spaceflight firm Space Adventures - said In a 24 April press conference in Seattle, that the first objective is to launch an unspecified number of cheap "Leo" satellite space telescopes into low Earth orbit to identify potentially resource-rich near-Earth asteroids. Anderson said he also expects to rent out viewing time on the telescopes to astronomers.

There are over 1,500 asteroids that are as easy to get to as the surface of the Moon. They are also in Earth-like orbits with small gravity fields, making them easier to approach and depart. Asteroid resources have some unique characteristics that make them especially attractive. Unlike Earth, where heavier metals are close to the core, metals in asteroids are distributed throughout their body, making them easier to extract.

Planetary Resources is an equal opportunity employer.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

News Flash: Meteor Shower Peaks! This Weekend Halley's Comet!

See fantastic time lapse photograph of meteor shower in progress.
[This news flash was published in National Geographic Daily News October 20, 2012]

A truly marvelous time lapsed photograph of a sky filled with shooting stars. Mount Shasta waterfall in the foreground.

Honorable mention: Halley's Comet!

See Halley's Comet. Sky-watchers should be on the lookout for Orionid fireballs before dawn Sunday. Orionids Are Reminders of Distant Comet

Just like all other meteor showers, the Orionids gets its name from the constellation from which its shooting stars appear to radiate—what astronomers call the shower's radiant.

In this case observers can trace back the streaks of light to the area in the sky occupied by the mythical hunter Orion—all radiating out from a spot just above its bright orange star Betelgeuse.

The Orionid shower is caused when Earth slams into a debris field left behind by Halley's comet, which won't return to our neck of the woods for another five decades. (Find out why Halley's comet has been hailed as an omen of doom.)

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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Bump for Curiosity!

Bump for Curiosity!

Anyone interested in exploring Mars, do a google / youtube search for Mars Direct. Very interesting stuff.

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Truth Title

"NASA Waits for next Obama Scandal to Announce Fake Scientific Discovery on Marz"

or

"Petraeus' sperm found on Mars, My Favorite Martian - aka Mr. Hand - Confirms"

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

Earth Shaking?

Bone fragments with human-like DNA? Unnaturally formed stones? Something like that would be "Earth Shaking".

Or will it be something Predictable like evidence of dried up water bodies or even fossilized bacteria? That would be "Religion Shaking" at best.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Religion-shaking to some people, maybe.

I, personally, have no issue with the idea of aliens, I just think it's unlikely. I would LOVE to find out there's alien life (preferably NOT sentient, because that'd be really awkward) on other planets - because it would mean a place to colonize and get resources from with no need for self-contained structures, allowing for freestanding colonies.

Common sense to others.

Out of Billions of Sun-like stars within our own Galaxy with their own Earth like planets, I would be ignorant to think that Earth is the only special one in a universe of repeating patterns of creation. Also, we are here in human form with the ability to perceive a minute amount of visible reality around us. What about all those layers of reality that we have no way of perceiving as humans? How can we be certain there are not some beings floating around here right now and we just don't have the right organs to perceive them with?

In my opinion, after studying intelligent universal design, I would not be surprised to see Human-like life elsewhere. Many argue that they have studied 500 Earth like planets and found no signs of life where the reality is that you have looked at 501 planets including Earth and 1 out of 501 has intelligent life.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Dollars & cents to go beyond where man has gone before.

To the dedicated imaginations that have spent more than thought humanly possible..

To the inventors of Tang ®...

Space Blankets ®...

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Well ...

.. just taking a look around at this world, and reading people's posts on the internet on a daily basis:

Obviously human beings are the most rational, broad-minded, intelligent species possible.

I mean, look at the responses on this thread alone!

Truly awe inspiring.

No.

We are the pinnacle of creation - and anyone who believes life can exist anywhere else but this tiny little dot in an almost infinite universe we barely know anything about is a moron.

Besides:

An invisible being that apparently dictated a Book to some people that are long dead, basically said so.

So that's pretty much an open and shut case right there.