posted on Nov, 21 2012 @ 04:26 PM
These "what if" scenarios can lead you anywhere your imagination can dream up. The better conjectures are going to confine themselves to be within the
parameters that Curiosity can accomplish. Although Curiosity does have cameras capable of taking panoramic shots of Martian landscape, including any
McDonald's Drive-thrus set up nearby, its scientific instrumentation consists of a scoop and a couple of "science lab" containers that can perform
various experiments looking for chemicals of one sort or another: pretty low-level stuff.
Now, in your conjectures it would be prudent to ask yourself: What kind of discoveries could be had from a few scoops of dirt? Do you seriously
believe that a scoop of dirt could point to the presence of Mankind on Mars millennia ago? Maybe if they scooped up a pottery shard or an arrow head
you might have a point, but they seem to be talking about analyzing "data" that is "looking pretty good." In other words, they are looking at number
streams that may be pointing to the presence of chemical compounds.
Now, Curiosity cost $2.5 billion. In other words every American gave $8.00 to produce 4,000 jobs for 9 years. Welfare costs in the United States, in
contrast, are $1 trillion per year, nearly $1000 per year for every American. So Curiosity's cost is a drop in the bucket compared to Welfare. People
who gripe abouyt the cost have little perspective.
IMO if something momentous were found on Mars, short of someone staring back into the camera the best thing to do would be send a fleet of rovers to
the red planet to take a closer look around. That would be far cheaper than sending humans and is within our technical capabilities today.
on 11/21/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)