reply to post by welshreduk
Curiosity is nuclear-powered. Some people have speculated that there is more than just a miniature nuclear power source / reactor(?) with its package
of "goodies." Some have speculated that Curiosity has a SELF DESTRUCT capability, that it is either capable of a nuclear explosion and/or has the
ability to deploy at least two tactical nuclear bombs. Why?
From what has been said, there are certain "unsavory" entities in the caves/caverns of Mars. Another speculation states that regardless of the
unsavory entities being there or not, ther are ruins of a highly controversial nature known to exist on Mars, in the area of Curiosity's deployment.
A nuclear power source allows Curiosity to function in places with no sunlight (caves/caverns) so that it can deploy one, two or more tactical nukes,
navigate away to a safe distance. Two options at this point:
1. After deploying the tactical nukes, Curiosity would set them off at a safe distance and continue exploration.
2. Same as above, but Curiosity deploys itself to another target and sets-off itself to take out an additional location.
There is another option of not setting-off the nukes in order to use them as "leverage" in potential future situations. Any tactical nukes set-off on
Mars would simply not be reported. If any of the public were to discover the nukes going-off by chance, NASA or some agency might put forth the
explanation that the explosions were nothing more than bright visual anomalies.
So, the issue of contamination is not as much of an issue within the context of potential nuclear destruction/warfare on and below the surface of
edit on 10-9-2012 by GhostLancer because: Typo