Originally posted by Indigo5
OK...from NASA's Curioisity page...
Members of the media, please contact:
Maybe an ATS Mod could reach out for comment?
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by Char-Lee
These sound like ice age animals, which probably would have been under ice, so they were only exposed by melting. Mars has no such conditions.
Bones turn to dust if they are not under the right conditions. Fossils form through nutrients being replaced with rocks. That cannot occur in the air.
This is why when they find a fossil, extreme care must be taken to preserve it. They coat it with chemicals and bonding agents to prevent fracturing.edit on 26-2-2013 by Gorman91 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Pauligirl
I had emailed Alan Boyle who writes the Cosmic Log for NBCnews.com about this but never heard back. I've now sent an email to:
Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
If I get anything back, I'll post it.
Thanks for your interest in images from Curiosity! The mission's engineers and scientists are gratified that so many people are exploring Mars by examining the images, but are unable to check into questions about specific images. Please note, however, that all data products from the rover will eventually reside in NASA's public Planetary Data System (pds.nasa.gov...). You may be particularly interested in the PDS Imaging Node, which received its first release yesterday (February 27): pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov...
As for life on Mars, Curiosity does not carry experiments to detect active processes that would signify present-day biological metabolism, nor does it have the ability to image microorganisms or their fossil equivalents. However, if this mission finds that the field site in Gale Crater has had conditions favorable for habitability and for preserving evidence about life, those findings can shape future missions that would bring samples back to Earth for life-detection tests or for missions that carry advanced life-detection experiments to Mars. A detailed discussion of this topic is presented starting on page 8 of the Mars Science Laboratory landing press kit, available for download at mars.jpl.nasa.gov...
We're in a great age of Martian discovery, and we hope everyone around the globe feels a part of it! Please keep following all of our missions at mars.nasa.gov... or Curiosity's journey at mars.nasa.gov...
Thanks again for your message and your interest in Mars exploration!
All the best,
CURIOSITY does not carry experiments to detect active processes that would signify present-day biological metabolism, nor does it have the ability to image microorganisms or their fossil equivalents.
Originally posted by Arken
Why a dozen of billions for this missions?
Detect sand? False cololors of Mars? Out of focus photos? CGI video of Mars? Only entertainment.....
Maybe a better name for the NASA Rover: STUPIDITY!
Maybe me and other members can hepl NASA/JPL on this search and submit them our discoveries...
Originally posted by Arken
Ok: Maybe me and other members can hepl NASA/JPL on this search and submit them our discoveries...