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#1 FirstSight

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

Here'a a link to today's story from NPR about a find the Curiosity rover mission has made with its sampling tools which scientists report will be "historical" if analysis confirms what preliminary findings show. However, mission scientists were keeping just what that "historical" find is under wraps for several more weeks, until they can verify for certain that their initial understanding of it is correct.

No, I'm not referring to the earlier finding of minerals which are characteristic of being formed by flowing water. This "historical" find may perhaps be something else; one can't help but speculate whether they've found some carbon-based molecule particularly characteristic of biochemical processes rather than typically arising from generic organic chemistry? If so, that would certainly explain why they're keeping what it is under wraps until they can verify it for certain.

What do you all think this "historical" find could potentially be?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:26 PM

I really wish the scientific community would stop with the preliminary teasers of "something big, or exciting" to be announced when 99.99999% of the time it's nothing. I quit paying them any attention.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

Big Mac wrapper...? :shrug:

Abandoned VW Beetle.... :scratchhead:

I just hope it's not just gonna fizzle out as usual. :smirk:

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 04:53 PM

Un-exploded Illudium PU-38 interplanetary space modulator.

delays...delays...

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:38 PM

Nasa still needs time to figure out what they found.

:grin:



Seriously, this is getting exciting if they in fact found organic matter. :jump:

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:40 PM

"...What do you all think this "historical" find could potentially be?..."

My fantasy speculation (which has often been more entertaining to me than the actual anticlimactic, and sometimes dead wrong, announcements that usually follow) would be that the 'blueberries' are organic, and the soil is wet. Image is a crop from Sol 89 (clicking on the attached one will show the actual-image-size (but still cropped to fit here).

Click this for Image on NASA Curiosity website , their image looks even better/interesting IMO because on the top right (which I cropped out of the one below) it looks even wetter and one can see mini bucket sandcastles and soil compaction superficially resembling the bonding/clumping of wet sand.

Since it looks wet (versus the dry dust-bowl that I've often seen in other images), and the spherules (are they 'blueberries' too?) have an interesting carbon-esque color, I'll go with that. One can dream anyway.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:15 PM


Another Mars Mystery: Has Curiosity Rover Made Big Discovery?

http://news.yahoo.co...very-1835380...


While watching the Ultimate Mars Challenge on PBS the Sky Crane powerful rocket motors blasted the surface and revealed pristine bed rock from a river or lake.

I've seen the PBS special twice. Apparently the Ultimate Mars Challenge can be watched here.... :D


http://www.pbs.org/w...-challenge.html


Enjoy......... :grin:

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:20 PM

Nasa still needs time to figure out what they found.

:grin:



Seriously, this is getting exciting if they in fact found organic matter. :jump:



Wow the first intergalactic Twinkie..... :o



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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:47 PM

I want them to take their time -- no repeat of the Mars meteorite is it or isn't it a fossil? I agree, given the instrumentation hinted at it sure sounds like a glimmer of something organic. And if it is talk about turning a lot of theory and speculation inside out!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

Big deal. A Marssquatch footprint.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

This makes no sense. If they can't tell us yet then what is the point in coming out and saying they have something even?

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:23 PM

Made you look! :D

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:35 PM

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:18 AM

My glasses?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:25 AM

Image of strange Martian artifact News just in!!!

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

My glasses?


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:59 AM

Maybe they found (traces of) liquid H20...

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:07 PM

I have it from an inside source that it is an empty Samuel Adams bottle.

they are determining if it is Octoberfest or Porter before they go public.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:17 PM

Made you look! :D


Hahaha.. I just hope this isn't like Kepler's anticlimatic "huge" announcement back in 2011 when everyone was anticipating they found Earth 2, and then it turned out to be Keplers first multiplanet system or some such.


When they say one for the history books, I wonder from whose perspective? That of a scientist, or from the perspective of the general population? The latter would seem
to imply something huge and ground breaking, the former could be mundane.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:52 PM


Pesse (I am hoping the news allows me to quench my thirst with a real expensive Scotch compliments of llanitedave.) Mist

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

This makes no sense. If they can't tell us yet then what is the point in coming out and saying they have something even?


I agree completely. Now it has to be really big or there is going to be Martian egg on some faces.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:47 PM

This makes no sense. If they can't tell us yet then what is the point in coming out and saying they have something even?


The point is to make reporters come to the press conference, nothing more. IMHO the press is being irresponsible for reporting it as news.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

Just follow --> http://www.unmanneds...?showtopic=7534

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:34 PM

I have it from an inside source that it is an empty Samuel Adams bottle.

they are determining if it is Octoberfest or Porter before they go public.


Sure. Now it's empty! :grin:






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