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Mars Rover Makes Discovery For "The History Books"

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:26:06 -0500
Archived: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:26:06 -0500
Subject: Mars Rover Makes Discovery For "The History Books"

Source: Slate.Com


Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Mars Rover Makes Discovery For "The History Books", But NASA Is
Keeping It A Secret For Now
By Josh Voorhees

Curiosity is living up to its name. The NASA rover currently
wheeling itself around Mars has apparently sent back some very
interesting data from the Red Planet in the form of a soil
sample that shows ... well, something. From the sounds of it,
something big. But for now at least, that's all anyone is
willing to say.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena are
keeping their lips sealed for the time being while they run
additional tests to make sure the discovery holds up. That,
however, hasn't stopped one of the mission's leaders from
speculating loudly that it'll be one that rewrites at least some
of what we know about the universe.

"This data is gonna be one for the history books," John
Grotzinger, the rover mission's principal investigator, told NPR
last week for a the buzz-inciting segment that aired today.
"It's looking really good."

What we do know is that the data comes from a soil sample
analyzed by the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, an
on-board lab known as SAM, so if the data holds up to further
testing it appears possible, and perhaps likely, that it is a
discovery of an element on Mars previously thought not to exist
on the Red Planet.

Of course, the reason that NASA is keeping the potential find
(mostly) under wraps is because it may turn out to be nothing
but a false alarm, something that's happened before to the
mission. NPR explains:

[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

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