I'm in the list of crackpots, that believe Mars currently hosts maco-cellular life.
So, what reasons are good reasons that JPL and NASA would choose to withhold that disclosure?
My ideas so far:
#1 It would nullify scientists that have spent their whole lives planning a research project on some other celestial body or phenomena.
If NASA or JPL discloses life on Mars, those scientists would have their life's work cast aside.
I feel it is likely, they would refocus all of those pending projects on Mars. Those scientists would be forced to participate solely in projects
#2 Brookings Report - Mass hysteria
I find this less likely, given that even the Pope is willing to endorse life on other planets as a possibility.
#3 Incompetence - I don't like this explanation, because the scientists and researchers involved are definitely more intelligent than myself. If
macrocellular life was there, they would know before I do.
#4 Waiting for second confirmation - From a scientific standpoint, this makes sense. It's better to be right slowly, than wrong quickly.
NASA and JPL may be waiting for a second project or second group, to go to Mars and confirm their findings from Curiosity.
They may literally just be waiting, until EXOmars can confirm the same conclusion. Else-wise they risk being proven wrong, which may be worse.
#5 Militaristic reasons - Maybe we are obtaining mineral information that could indicate potential Uranium sources on Mars.
We definitely wouldn't want another country to go there, and attempt to call dibs. Cold War era level of thought, but completely possible.
Russia's space program attempted to send a rover that could navigate and record radiation. That mission failed, however.
#6 Duress - Maybe there is some "invisible hand" preventing that disclosure, from behind the scenes. AKA "illuminati" "annunaki" "alien race with
Silly idea, but still, technically on the table for this discussion.
I am open to other possibilities.
What are your ideas on this, ATS?
edit on 14-7-2018 by Archivalist because: grammaer