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1 freetoken  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 3:17:22pm

Just a warning: what a scientist might consider "exciting" might not be for a non-scientist.

2 danarchy  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 3:23:46pm

re: #1 freetoken

Just a warning: what a scientist might consider "exciting" might not be for a non-scientist.

I'm not expecting much more than the presence of organic molecules, that's what the instrument was designed to look for. Although the original NPR article uses the word earthshaking, so maybe very complex organic molecules.

3 dragonfire1981  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 3:24:56pm

Perhaps a small life form of some kind? Oh that would be awesome.

4 Major Tom  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 4:07:19pm

The real question (until they fess up), is Curiosity capable of determing life from the mere building blocks of life?

5 freetoken  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 4:22:03pm

re: #4 Major Tom

The real question (until they fess up), is Curiosity capable of determing life from the mere building blocks of life?

Good question. From my understanding of Curiosity it cannot detect microscopic life forms visually.

Detecting proteins (complexes of amino acids), on the other hand, would be very, very strong evidence.

I still wonder if the hyperbole is warranted, though. Part of me suspects that they've discovered either proof of recent water movements, or detected methane. The latter could have arrived via comet at some time, so it is not a ringer for a life form, just suggestive of one.

6 jvic  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 6:42:19pm

In addition to "one for the history books", the Principal Investigator used the term "earthshaking".

The consequences to NASA of a false alarm or outright error would not be good. Presumably everybody at NASA knows that.

7 Destro  Tue, Nov 20, 2012 6:57:58pm

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They found extraterrestrial life?

holyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshit!

8 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Wed, Nov 21, 2012 6:07:37am

re: #7 Destro

holyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshitholyshit!

They found extraterrestrial life?

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Watch out for the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator!
Alien life form...


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