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They always hype this stuff up and it turns out to be something basic that is already known.
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: watchitburn
The likelihood is it will be something scientifically interesting that holds little excitement for us but the law of probabilities says one of these announcements , sooner or later , will make us excited ... perhaps this is it.
At least it's not long to wait.
Now, who is willing to get married and help the martians get a green card?
My job is to explore the “organic biogeochemistry” of other bodies in our solar system, such as Mars or ice-covered ocean worlds — like Saturn’s moon Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa. To put it more simply, I look at organic molecules in rocks, ice and sediments and try to figure out where they came from and what happened to them over time. I want to know their story. Are they from life? Were they formed by geological processes in rocks? Are they from meteorites or comets?
As a scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, I explore the rocks in Gale Crater through the imagers and instruments of the Curiosity rover. The rocks tell the story of a 3.6 billion year old lake. I specifically work with the Science Analysis of Mars (SAM) instrument on the rover to look for organic molecules on Mars. We did find some organic molecules, but we are not yet sure how they formed. Furthering our understanding of martian organics is the next step in understanding if life has ever existed on Mars.