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Originally posted by fedeykin
The problem with being excited about mineral deposits or some such thing, is that it really doesn't shake any foundations. We already know theres rocks on Mars, and doubtless very many interesting rocks, if your a geologist. But the likelyhood that any kind of geology will bring some useful knowledge that will positively affect our lives is very slim.
Even if it meant we were going to go to Mars to mine it, we wouldn't see that untill we would be very old, and doubtless only a few corporations would profit from it, no one else.
As far as scientific discoveries go that will help us in our daily lives, NASA has discovered more in the actual process of going into space, as opposed to what they have found IN space.
Finding life on Mars is therefore one of the only truely exciting things for a laymen because it would confirm that we aren't alone. This, in my opinion, has more value then any other discovery we can make on Mars because it would shake a lot of ignorance out of the world's population.
We won't have to wait too long to learn the facts. NASA has reportedly said that the news conference on this matter will happen at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union, on Dec. 3rd through 7th, in San Francisco.
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
reply to post by Pumper
We already know there is frozen water on Mars.