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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

timothy posted about 2 years ago | from the taxpayers-will-die-while-NASA-teases dept.

Mars 544

Randym writes "NASA scientists have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument. The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. 'We're getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting,' says John Grotzinger. He's the principal investigator for the rover mission. SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) is a suite of instruments onboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity. Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something Earth-shaking. 'This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good,' he says."

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I really hope... (0, Redundant)

thestudio_bob (894258) | about 2 years ago | (#42041393)

I really hope that they actually have something this time and it's not another "science" flop.

Re:I really hope... (4, Insightful)

aldousd666 (640240) | about 2 years ago | (#42041429)

It may yet be a scientific triumph, but a public opinion flop. Or a thestudio_bob flop.

Re:I really hope... (4, Insightful)

jythie (914043) | about 2 years ago | (#42041497)

That seems likely. A public fed on movies tends to not think real world discoveries are exciting enough.

Re:I really hope... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041765)

Moon landing. Decades after it happened, lots of people have a hard time believing it actually happened.

Re:I really hope... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041961)

Those people are retards though and shouldnt be counted for anything.

Re:I really hope... (5, Funny)

somersault (912633) | about 2 years ago | (#42041453)

I bet it turns out that Mars is made of:

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Milk Fat, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Lactose, Demineralised Whey Powder, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Barley Malt Extract, Soya Lecithin (E322), Salt, Egg White, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Natural Vanilla Flavour

Re:I really hope... (-1, Redundant)

sycodon (149926) | about 2 years ago | (#42041471)

Twinkis!

Re:I really hope... (4, Funny)

beelsebob (529313) | about 2 years ago | (#42041547)

Uh no... Mars bars >.

Re:I really hope... (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | about 2 years ago | (#42041673)

Same thing, different configuration options.

Re:I really hope... (1)

GNious (953874) | about 2 years ago | (#42041783)

Sorry, what part of

Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass,

made you think Twinkis? :)

Re:I really hope... (4, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about 2 years ago | (#42041559)

I do not like green cheese, SAM I am.

Re:I really hope... (1)

alcmaeon (684971) | about 2 years ago | (#42041587)

Excellent! Mod this up.

Re:I really hope... (4, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | about 2 years ago | (#42041997)

That's nothing, I could tell you what the Milky Way is made of.

Re:I really hope... (2)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 2 years ago | (#42041465)

Elections are over. So they probably have something, this time.

Re:I really hope... (2)

telchine (719345) | about 2 years ago | (#42041529)

I bet they've found Sandkings [wikipedia.org]

Obviously they are trying to build hype (5, Insightful)

iYk6 (1425255) | about 2 years ago | (#42041419)

I predict that the results are accurate, but not nearly as exciting as NASA is trying to get us to believe.

Re:Obviously they are trying to build hype (5, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 2 years ago | (#42041491)

>> This data is gonna be one for the history books

It turns out that new improved Choco-Pops are now more chocolatey than ever!

Re:Obviously they are trying to build hype (4, Funny)

gman003 (1693318) | about 2 years ago | (#42041763)

Thanks to the newest data from Curiosity, NASA has finally determined, with 99% confidence, why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Re:Obviously they are trying to build hype (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041779)

This is at least the 10th response related to food. You guys hungry or something?

Re:Obviously they are trying to build hype (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041605)

Remember NASA building excitement over "alien life [nationalgeographic.com] ?"

Don't hold your breath on this one either.

It better be good this time. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041707)

I love science but what NASA finds exciting and what normal Americans find exciting don't always overlap. If we get one more "breaking news" press conference about trace deposits of minerals on an uninteresting looking rock that need more testing I'm going to scream. Real science is good but most of the time it's not even close to exciting.

Come on NASA, keep sending me video and panoramic photos of Mars and get back to work.

None (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041439)

"Mars Shaking?" Maybe. "Earth Shaking?" Not so much.

The have found more Mars faces (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041445)

The original face of Mars actually was made and they have found other "alien"-made faces on Mars

Re:The have found more Mars faces (1)

Titan1080 (1328519) | about 2 years ago | (#42041803)

Yeah. from a soil sample.

"Earth"-shaking? (1, Informative)

tirerim (1108567) | about 2 years ago | (#42041447)

Mars-shaking seems much more likely than Earth-shaking, really.

Re:"Earth"-shaking? (5, Funny)

i kan reed (749298) | about 2 years ago | (#42041971)

Where is the earth-shattering kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom.

Aliens? (3, Interesting)

Linsaran (728833) | about 2 years ago | (#42041451)

If so, let me be the first to say I welcome our new martian overlords. Just please don't be the wussy kind of martians that die easilyto earth's microbial organisms.

Re:Aliens? (2)

glaurungn (1253152) | about 2 years ago | (#42041917)

or to the sound of Indian Love Call

Re:Aliens? (1)

nozzo (851371) | about 2 years ago | (#42041941)

Seconded. and yes what a FAIL you'd have thought when they were making their green-mist powered screw-top capsules they'd have spared a thought for Earthly microbes.

Re:Aliens? (2)

cod3r_ (2031620) | about 2 years ago | (#42042045)

PLEASEEEE BE ALIENS>>> if it's not aliens I will call it a dumb flob and join a religion so that I can say the entire thing is made up all the way up to mars doesn't even exist.

I'm on the edge of my seat... (2)

wildstoo (835450) | about 2 years ago | (#42041457)

If this turns out to be some organic matter that accidentally made the trip to mars with the rover itself, I'll be very disappointed.

Also, whoever tagged the article with the misspelled "curiousity"... great job.

Re:I'm on the edge of my seat... (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 2 years ago | (#42041589)

Also, whoever tagged the article with the misspelled "curiousity"... great job.

That's the Martian spelling.

It's also common enough that its use as a tag can be justified (although it was most likely done in error, since there was no "curiosity" tag)

Rovergenic (1)

srussia (884021) | about 2 years ago | (#42041601)

If this turns out to be some organic matter that accidentally made the trip to mars with the rover itself, I'll be very disappointed.

Brace yourself then. Whatever it is will probably be rovergenic. Heck, I reckon the most interesting thing on Mars right now is Curiosity itself!

Re:I'm on the edge of my seat... (2)

Cogita (1119237) | about 2 years ago | (#42041805)

If this turns out to be some organic matter that accidentally made the trip to mars with the rover itself, I'll be very disappointed.

Also, whoever tagged the article with the misspelled "curiousity"... great job.

Now honestly, even if it's organic matter that made it over with the rover, if it's reproducing and surviving on the planet, that's plenty interesting news.

Turtles (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041461)

Turtles all the way down.

Earth-shaking (3, Funny)

ByteSlicer (735276) | about 2 years ago | (#42041467)

Earth-shaking? Well then it is obvious.

They found evidence of an earth quake. On Mars !!

Mars-quake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041853)

Marsquake, or simply 'quake - but not the game'.

The Chances of anything coming from Mars (5, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about 2 years ago | (#42041475)

Are a million to one he said...

I don't think we want them to discover something on Mars that actually shakes the earth

OOOOH-LAHHH

Re:The Chances of anything coming from Mars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041839)

But, still, they come....

water (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041477)

We found something that looks like it could maybe be the remnants of something that would maybe only show up in an environment that had maybe been exposed to water!

 

Re:water (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041977)

That's possible.

I mean, let's keep in mind that the definition of "one for the history books", for a space geek who's spent his entire working career on one or two missions to an easy to get to and agreeable planet, is probably different than that of the average denizen of /..

Re:water (0)

Joce640k (829181) | about 2 years ago | (#42041989)

I bet you're fun at parties...

SAM Launch (4, Funny)

SrLnclt (870345) | about 2 years ago | (#42041485)

It's a good thing Curiosity brought Surface to Air Missiles along on the trip to protect against an alien invasion of Mars.

Re:SAM Launch (1)

peragrin (659227) | about 2 years ago | (#42041811)

Considering it is an earth shattering discovering those miisile might be needed to shoot down Marvin's rocket

Re:SAM Launch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041847)

Its to protect the rover from HAMAs rockets

Re:SAM Launch (1)

game kid (805301) | about 2 years ago | (#42041899)

Nah, the NASA budget only allows for so many attributes of badass on one rover. They had to settle for its array of instruments and the whole landing process, hostile aliens be damned.

Granted, running headlong into a place possibly full of hostile creatures is arguably the ultimate in badass technology...

Please... (4, Funny)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | about 2 years ago | (#42041505)

Please don t be a be a "Donald Trump" announcement.

"We're offering 5 million dollars to the charity of your choice if you can prove Mars accepted any of the vanquished troops Rome offered."

Chocolate (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041507)

They have found chocolate. At least that's what I've found on the surface of every single Mars I've eaten.

Unsuprisingly cautious (4, Insightful)

Coisiche (2000870) | about 2 years ago | (#42041509)

Wasn't the last "earth-shaking" announcement that of bacteria using arsenic instead of phosphorus in their molecular construction?

They'll want to be very sure about whatever it is before going public.

So much for checking the data first (3, Insightful)

SirGarlon (845873) | about 2 years ago | (#42041511)

'This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good,' he says."

Way to go, Grotzinger. You've just totally undermined NASA's effort to keep their mouths shut until they've carefully checked the data.

Heh (1)

Sparticus789 (2625955) | about 2 years ago | (#42041513)

Autobots, Assemble!

Ocean mineral (5, Insightful)

greylion3 (555507) | about 2 years ago | (#42041519)

Probably some mineral, that can only form on the bottom of an ocean.

Re:Ocean mineral (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041725)

I'm betting it is an organic compound.

Bacteria. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041523)

They've found positive evidence of bacterial microbes on Mars.

Re:Bacteria. (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 2 years ago | (#42041577)

I'll rather go for a fossil (of a ~bacteria)

Re:Bacteria. (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 2 years ago | (#42041603)

(or lichen)

Re:Bacteria. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041739)

Is the analysis machine sophisticated enough to determine such things? Assume I'm an idiot, I am after all an AC.

Re:Bacteria. (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 2 years ago | (#42041871)

I hope they brought one of their microscopes up there ...

Re:Bacteria. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042053)

That would probably set back a manned Mars landing by years since you would have to worry about infection and contamination.

Primitive DNA (2)

dywolf (2673597) | about 2 years ago | (#42041533)

And then watch how fast and quickly they boost NASA's budget.

Re:Primitive DNA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041827)

Maybe, but just as likely they'll reduce their budget to zero to stop them from promoting anti-science pro-evolutionary religious bullshit. I don't think you understand congress' motivations, or their concept of "science".

Ice Ice Baby (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041563)

What else would it be?

A human interest story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041597)

We may have found something on Mars so I told my wife and kids about it.

Such an ambiguous sensationalist headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041607)

Such an ambiguous sensationalist headline and summary need not be on /.

Obligatory... (2)

Brad1138 (590148) | about 2 years ago | (#42041615)

Mars rover finding [gargaro.com]

Mars is made of... (1)

Ashenkase (2008188) | about 2 years ago | (#42041649)

Mayonnaise!?

Lightspeed (3, Insightful)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 2 years ago | (#42041693)

I really hope this isn't going to be like the faster-than-lightspeed-discovery that was an intrument error!

So feel free to double check the instruments!

Mirrored exploration (5, Funny)

Nationless (2123580) | about 2 years ago | (#42041695)

I'm hoping for Evil Curiosity which has a goatee and has been sent by a world mirroring our world in almost every way. Except they're all evil. Although somewhere on that planet will be a mirror version of me.. but.. er.. without a goatee?

Fossils! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041701)

I know what it is. My brother's friend's wife's uncle works for NASA. They found fossils! And Jimmy Hoffa.

They found LIFF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041741)

martians had forgotten a book there which is totally liff

Either it's life or overeager techies (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041743)

"One for the history books" means life. Remember how important it was that one of the two earlier rovers found surface water by getting a wheel stuck in the mud? Remember how big a story that was? That is not getting into the history books. The most likely alternate possibility is that the techies are overblowing the importance of this because it is a big thing in their world.

Given the description of the instrument [nasa.gov] , it is likely that they got a successful result from a Viking-style experiment [wikipedia.org] which they are taking as evidence for life.

For the results to truly be Earth-shaking, they have to have found Marvin the Martian's Illudium Q-36 space modulator.

Re:Either it's life or overeager techies (5, Informative)

cplusplus (782679) | about 2 years ago | (#42041923)

Remember how important it was that one of the two earlier rovers found surface water by getting a wheel stuck in the mud? Remember how big a story that was? That is not getting into the history books

That didn't get in to the history books because that didn't happen. Spirit got stuck in sand. Very dry sand. The Phoenix lander at the pole saw visible water ice after scraping the surface with a tool, only to see that ice sublimate. Some satellite evidence hints at possible subsurface flows of brine, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Vandalism (3, Funny)

AshFan (879808) | about 2 years ago | (#42041753)

While taking another picture of itself, it noticed that something has slapped a "Barsoom" bumpersticker on the fender.

Oil on (1)

Dyinobal (1427207) | about 2 years ago | (#42041757)

Oil on Mars, that or John Carter.

Re:Oil on (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042039)

Oil on John Carter?

You mean...?

Maybe (0)

DFurno2003 (739807) | about 2 years ago | (#42041767)

They found a Muslim colony and the rover is just there as an outreach program.

An alien with a Facebook account? (1)

overmoderated (2703703) | about 2 years ago | (#42041775)

And an IPv10 network to match.

You should already know! (3, Funny)

RobertNotBob (597987) | about 2 years ago | (#42041787)

Awe, come on , guys...

We've known for 40 years what comes from Mars and shakes the earth...

It's the "Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator".

Marvin has been searching for YEARS for that darned thing; ever since Buggs was able to get it away from him. Let's hope that he's not looking at the news today.

Cplonel Sanders moment.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041807)

They found a Chicken bone... I bet !

Weapons of mass destruction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041831)

They found weapons of mass destruction. Now they get the resources to send a complete army to Mars.

They finally found... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041875)

The real contents of Al Capone's safe.

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041881)

They found the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

Gate plz (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041893)

Please be a Stargate. Please be a Stargate.

(sorry, but i still miss that show)

The news is .. (1)

emho24 (2531820) | about 2 years ago | (#42041913)

... that the D&M pyramid is actually a pyramid!

Get Your Ass to Mars! (1)

titanium93 (839011) | about 2 years ago | (#42041919)

They found the control panel that activates the reactor to melt all the ice?

They found... (2)

VirginMary (123020) | about 2 years ago | (#42041927)

... Waldo!

Unobtanium! (3, Funny)

GodInHell (258915) | about 2 years ago | (#42041929)

Apparently, it's real.

Earth shattering? (3, Interesting)

gmuslera (3436) | about 2 years ago | (#42041935)

Should be evidence of life, something not so surprising. But could be even more shattering to find that we are actually martians that come here very long ago escaping from the climate change that we caused on Mars (even that we Marsformed Earth back then).

SAM (1)

ArrayIndexOutOfBound (694797) | about 2 years ago | (#42041939)

Maybe they'll finally discover who dealt those farts (methane) on mars. Just hope it's not "he who dealt it smelt it" like in 1974.

Get into the mood (1)

allcoolnameswheretak (1102727) | about 2 years ago | (#42041943)

As preparation for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT you might want to listen to this [youtube.com] before tuning in to CNN tomorrow [youtube.com]

Connected discoveries (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041951)

An arrow of time that points... the other way...

Previous Human Civilization Discovered! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041963)

Age old 'Black Friday' adds have been discovered on Mars.

It turns out the entire population trampled itself into extinction!

Your Welcome.

They finally found... (1)

Rob Riggs (6418) | about 2 years ago | (#42041979)

... where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

my prediction (3, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | about 2 years ago | (#42041981)

There may have been liquid water in that very spot at some point in the last 50,000,000 years!

Microbes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42041987)

It is more than possible that microbes or some new form of bacteria that exists within the soil ergo life on mars. not sentient life but life nonetheless.

It's chickens (1)

jitterman (987991) | about 2 years ago | (#42042005)

In choppers...

Curiosty struck Oil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042011)

How fast can BP start drilling? Let the space race begin.

Punny fun! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042015)

Inb4 announcement about seismic activity potentially facilitating liquid water on Mars.

Oh, come on! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042023)

Where's K'Breel when you need him?

Arsenic Based Life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42042043)

This time its for real.

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