posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 12:22 PM
reply to post by maryhinge
Thanks that's pretty neat.
Just finished watching the presentation and unfortunately it was not 'earth shaking' (he never said that turns out) anyway it's all very
scientifically exciting stuff. The biggest part for the team though, what they're so excited about is two fold... 1) The rover is working
exceptionally well, they've now thoroughly tested all their analytic instruments and are fully confident they will be getting clean data through them.
2) The sample of surface soil because it is the top layer that blows all over the planet can now be considered a global sample. It's now their
template for known make up of martian soil. This will help in determining if other samples will be mundane or extraordinary. It's important and
exciting just not in the sense that
OMG WE FOUND LIFE
would have been.
I'm hoping a poster with some much deeper knowledge of science, especially geo or chemical, can help break down into lay terms what the global sample
Groetzinger did address his 'for the history books statement' and said he realizes he needs to be more careful with his words in the future.
The whole team did reiterate that they do feel they will find something extraordinary on Mars, but that we need to be patient.
ETA: Oh and they did find simple organics.
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