So let me get this straight. If I check back a national newspaper here for news regarding the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity, the following timeline can be
'NASA makes historical discovery on Mars'
The article states: The Curiousity Rover recently took some ground samples and the results will go down in history. 'It is looking very promising',
says lead researcher John Grotzinger. Grotzinger cannot go into details on the groundbreaking discovery. He hopes he can reveal more within a few
The article ends with: In September, the Mars rover found evidence of a ancient (dried up) creek.
'NASA takes back claims of world altering discovery'
In this article it is stated that NASA says 'rumors' of such a discovery find no basis in reality.
Call me crazy, but didn't NASA put in place these 'rumors' in the first place, by announcing they have made a discovery that will make the history
books - just 9 days earlier? The whole tone of this article is fishy.
The article ends with: Curiosity has already established that ONCE there was water flowing on Mars. NASA expects to make more of these remarkable
discoveries in the near future.
'No surprises in first dirt sample Mars Rover'
Curiosity has analyzed several samples of Mars ground and nothing out of the ordinary was discovered. No complex building blocks of life were found.
The sample did contain WATER and minerals. 'Just ordinary sand, remarked one NASA person.'
EXCUSE ME? Since when is it common knowledge and 'ordinary' that WATER is present on Mars in modern times? Did I get sucked in a time vortex and miss
As I check the two articles dated 5 days and 14 days earlier respectively, the only claims about water that are made are dealing with ANCIENT water
flows. Sediments, carved out landscapes. Indirect evidence that water once flowed. Not evidence of water itself, in present times?!
Water has long been THE element that scientists searched for when theorizing alien life. Ive seen many NGC/Discovery Channel documentaries speculating
about Europas frozen water and possible microbial life. And now all of the sudden it is found on one of the closest planets and it is downplayed to
the point that its made NON-newsworthy.
I'm so confused that I cannot even type a coherent story. But it boils down to these 2 points:
1. Is this not the absolute first time that WATER has been confirmed to be present on the surface of Mars in present day?
2. Is WATER not one of the crucial building blocks of life itself. Is WATER not the compound that scientists would agree on is one of the main
ingredients of life as we know it? And shouldnt this discovery of WATER be treated as historical news itself, since it would imply that chances are
bigger than ever thought before that life exists or has once existed on our neighbouring red planet?
Someone please support me in my confusion or enlighten me and sort me out.
edit on 4/12/12 by SergeantTrammelant because: confusion