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Originally posted by CMJ23
reply to post by HumansEh
Bookies play odds. It's a form of gambling, and I'm willing to bet that your bookie knows how to play his odds. He has done his figuring and decided that the odds of extraterrestrial life (most likely microbial) being found and announced in 2013, are stacked against him.
The size of a car, Curiosity is inside Mars' Gale Crater investigating whether the planet ever offered an environment favorable for microbial life. Curiosity landed in the crater five months ago to begin its two-year prime mission.
One line of evidence comes from inspection of light-toned veins with Curiosity's laser-pulsing Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument, which found elevated levels of calcium, sulfur and hydrogen.
"These veins are likely composed of hydrated calcium sulfate, such as bassanite or gypsum," said ChemCam team member Nicolas Mangold of the Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes in France. "On Earth, forming veins like these requires water circulating in fractures."