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What Is The Historic Discovery On Mars?

“Earthshaking.”

That’s the word that NPR reporter Joe Palca used yesterday to describe a discovery by the new Mars rover, Curiosity. He quoted a NASA scientist as describing the discovery as “one for the history books”.

curiosity rover november 2012The thing is, NASA won’t tell what it’s discovered, yet. They have to double-check the data first.

They have given the clue that the discovery came through a chemical analysis of a Martian soil sample.

What on Mars do you think it might be?

5 thoughts on “What Is The Historic Discovery On Mars?”

  1. Jim Cook says:

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I bet the eventual press release contains the words “complex” and “carbon” in it. I hope it contains the phrase “amino acid.”

  2. J. Clifford says:

    Honestly, if it only goes so far as “amino acid”, my response will be a shrug. There are amino acids on asteroids ( http://news.discovery.com/space/meteorite-amino-acids-101221.html ). They aren’t necessarily associated with the presence of life.

    I’m hoping for evidence of metabolism.

  3. t ball says:

    Jimmy Hoffa.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles?

  4. Tom says:

    a single old sock

    a reindeer antler

    the front page of a newspaper declaring that Dewey won

    a catseye marble

    that large rectangular obelisk from 2001 A Space Odyssey

    the skull of a Neanderthal

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