Hmmmm…. Life on Mars?

This looks intriguing:

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery “for the history books,” but we’ll have to wait a few weeks to learn what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest.

The discovery was made by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, NPR reported today (Nov. 20). SAM is the rover’s onboard chemistry lab, and it’s capable of identifying organic compounds — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it.

SAM apparently spotted something interesting in a soil sample Curiosity’s huge robotic arm delivered to the instrument recently.

“This data is gonna be one for the history books,” Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger, of Caltech in Pasadena, told NPR. “It’s looking really good.”

On the other hand, the fact that they aren’t releasing the findings till December also makes me suspect that something like this may be revealed:

If they find the Face of Pia Zadora on Mars, we’ll know.

  • Nick R

    This sounds too much like the time they created a media circus around arsenic based life and it turned out to be a giant flop. Could be cool, could be nothing. :-\

    • The Deuce

      Yeah, I’ve lost count of how many times now NASA has announced a “historical discovery” that on further examination turned out to be a big nothingburger. Fool me twice…

      • NoahLuck

        One NASA scientist or another announces discovery of (dubious evidence for) life beyond Earth whenever they’re afraid their budget is going to disappear. I’m not believing them anymore about that until they show us a live critter or a fossil.

  • victor

    Heh. Nice call-out to “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” there. THAT is what I read this blog for ;)

  • Matt

    Meh. Anyone who has read Lewis knows already about life on Mars. Urendi Maleldil!

    • Anthony Nonymous

      I have this recurrent fantasy that some future NASA planetary snooping machine has a glitch in its navigational program and drops safely into what turns out to be a handramit–and the first (and last) photo it sends back would be that of a hross cub lifting up a big rock to smash it to smithereens with.

      That would be the best fifty billion dollars NASA had ever spent, as far as I’m concerned!

      Urendi Maleldil indeed! Blessed, blessed, blessed be He!

      • Matt

        Hnakra punti! (that would have to be the accompanying audio)

        I think one of the best deconstructions/demolitions of materialism/progressivism is the translation of Weston’s speech into Old Solar.

        • Anthony Nonymous

          Agreed–one sometimes wishes that Babelfish would develop an English-to-Old-Solar component that you could run political pronouncements, Supreme Court decisions or “progressive” literature through for the purposes of de-BS-ification.

  • Stu

    I have Tom Jones and Jim Brown on standby if this gets ugly as well as a stack of Slim Whitman singles.

    • Mark Shea

      ACK! ACK!

  • Mark R

    The discovery will show that Mars was once a planet much like Earth but died as a result of global warming.

    • Stu

      Worse. They too had fractional reserve banking.

    • DTMcCameron

      Mars could actually do with a bit of global warming.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    My daughter will be thrilled. Here’s the photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pictmatrix/7726631566/

  • LaVallette

    Earth shaking discovery and one for the History books! Traces of life discovered in meteorite found in Antarctica. Oh damn!!! Terrestrial contamination!.

  • Marty Helgesen

    The possibility of life on Mars provides food for thoat.


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