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Originally posted by Lysis
I'm calling it now...
Originally posted by magma
What if they have found evidence of a eliptical orbit planet that periodically enters our solar system
Just imgaine the history changing revelation that would be!
Originally posted by N3k9Ni
It's been speculated that life could evolve that isn't carbon based. What if, instead of finding organic compounds, they have discovered inorganic microbes? Now, that would be something I would be interested in hearing.
Why should that be interesting? Perhaps you know something I do not??
Originally posted by SplitInfinity
The rover has found what appears to be life but it could very well just be organic compounds. Still...the rover is capable of determining if it has found DNA and this is what they are carefully checking and rechecking.
This is consistent with the previous findings by other landers which did not have such a complex system to determine what those samples actually were.
The various reactions by Religious Leader should be interesting if they have indeed found LIFE.
Mars was explored via various robotic expeditions for nearly a century before the first manned research stations were placed in the 2080s. The first permanent settlement on Mars was Lowell City, founded in 2103 by the European Space Agency, and based in Eos Chasma. Within a decade, both the US and China had founded permanent settlements as well. However, satellites near Promethei Planum began reporting strange phenomena that gave the region a 'Bermuda Triangle' reputation, mostly unexplained magnetic field shifts.
In 2148, a prospecting team led by Mateus Silva began exploring near the Deseado Crater, and found the source of these disturbances when they unearthed a subterranean Prothean ruin. The ruins contained a malfunctioning mass effect core and several starships, as well as refined element zero. After a global effort, the information remaining in the ruins' computers was translated, identifying the structure as a former observation and biosciences station, set up to receive and process data from Earth as the Protheans studied Cro-Magnon humans.
The motives and conclusions of the Prothean observers remained unknown, but the ruins' data cache, though fragmented, accelerated human sciences by roughly two hundred years. It paved the way for the development of FTL drives and, later, mass effect field technology.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by PhoenixOD
You ask in your post, what else could this discovery be, other than evidence of life. I would agree that from the wording of the report you link to, it does seem as if the discovery must be something so profound that they want some more time to make certain of thier findings, else there would be no reason for delaying its revalation to the masses.
However, I would recommend caution, and that anyone expecting nothing less than proof of life on Mars, past or present, ought to widen thier horizons just a little bit. There are many discoveries that could be made on Mars, that might prompt such interest as has been hinted at. They may have discovered rich deposits of valuable minerals, like hydrocarbons and so on, or have identified a sample of those odd shiny fragments they found earlier in the year as being a part of a massive crystal formation of some very interesting type.
Do not misunderstand me, from the language used in the article to describe the gravitas with which the impending announcement is being treated, I would have thought the announcement must be something to do with the life on Mars subject also. However, we must be prepared to accept ANY valuable data that is bought to our attention, and be disciplined enough as people to take as much joy, and interest, in an announcement about mineral deposits, as we would about the discovery of simple life, or evidence of complex life in the past, on Mars.