Only a little while after turning itself back on after a glitch stuck it in safe mode, Curiosity's chemical analysis of rock samples show something amazing: chemical evidence ancient Mars could've supported life.
Curiosity used a pair of its instruments, Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) and Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin), to retrieve data on a powdered rock sample dug up last month, and scientists have uncovered chemical signs of life in it: the presence of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and carbon point to a planet that could once keep microbes alive. The sulfates and sulfides, particularly, could've been used by tiny organisms as a source of energy, something Earth-bound microbes do, too.
Curiosity has been exploring near an ancient riverbed that scientists already suspected would've been ripe to keep life, well, alive. (The sample itself came a few hundred yards away from the stream bed.) The chemical analysis gives that theory a boost. Unlike other parts of Mars, this area wouldn't have been too harsh for any microbes to survive.
About 20 percent of the sample is made up of clay minerals, which could've been formed when water on the Red Planet mixed with minerals. Scientists also found a mixture of oxidized, partly oxidized, and un-oxidized chemicals, which was hinted at back when the sample was first taken and showed a decidedly not-red interior of Mars.
Scientists will be confirming the results by testing another rock sample.
"Curiosity Finds Evidence That Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life"
I adore reading about Curiosity,
but this article starting as a fact, then
falling back to a propsal\theory does little.
Reading the article as a theory, reads great though!
That is good news, when will they release the better news admitting to finding organics and possible life? The Phoenix Lander Science team also stated that "all the necessary ingredients to sustain life was under the Lander" "you probably can't grow strawberries but you can grow asparagus"
Now look at this YouTube time lapse images of microbial like life forms moving in the Phoenix Microscopic Imager, it is not fake it is time lapse images from the Phoenix Landers Microscopic Imager anyone can access these images from the NASA - JPL Phoenix Landers site....
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A Scientific Theory is generally regarded as the best explanation of how all sorts of data inter-relate.
All the data on gravity contribute to the Theory of Gravity...
All the data supporting evolution contribute to the Theory of Evolution...
So forth and so on with all Scientific Theories.
Scientific Theories aren't guesses... don't confuse them with hypothesis...
They should have made a flying robot so that it could do a search around the Mars Planet and that would be interesting to follow by all the people. I am building and experimenting on a Pulse-drive that you don't' have to sling shot your rocket around the planet. it is not as fast as Warp drive but definitely a spaceship can travel faster.
The atmosphere on Mars is too thin to even support any useful balloon flights, let alone aerodynamic flight...
Aerodynamic and atmospheric issues are irrelevant, I am talking about pulse-drive you don't need air to fly a spacecraft kinetic-energy is sufficient enough to throw a mass into large space.
Hey. Sounds familiar. Must be because of the hundred times I've read it before. Now, of course, we as egocentric humans like to think of "life" as something comparable to our type or another recognizable form and discard everything else.
But you dont know where you are excatly going to go? Thats the problem you will be out of the differnt distance ...