Originally posted by ArMaP
The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
Originally posted by Arken
But this NASA statement is Amazing!
Why a dozen of billions for this missions? Detect sand? False cololors of Mars? Out of focus photos? CGI video of Mars? Only
Oh, you have been talking about Curiosity all this time and you didn't even know what the mission was supposed to be? Didn't you had any "curiosity"
Maybe a better name for the NASA Rover: STUPIDITY!
No, the rover is doing what it was supposed to do, no stupidity in that.
NASA is not responsible for what other people think, specially people that are ignorant of NASA's missions and expect NASA to do whatever they dream
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.
I would not be so hard on our friend here, he has certainly attained enough content and respect in his threads, not to be subjected to that kind or
rhetoric. He is frustrated, like many of us, that a mission like this will not do more analysis in areas where it seems obvious that science may
come out of it.
This mission DOES have the discovery of life as one of it's key goals. NASA really said it themselves in the mission overview:
Curiosity carries the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars’ surface, a payload more than 10 times as massive as those of
earlier Mars rovers. Its assignment: Investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about
possible past life.
Here the operative words are "preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life". That means that if there is a "clue", you check it out.
There are no doubt, clues here that should be checked out. And, there IS an instrument on this rover that can determine if material is organic. It
is called the "ChemCam":
An instrument named ChemCam uses laser pulses to vaporize thin layers of material from Martian rocks or soil targets up to 7 meters (23 feet) away. It
includes both a spectrometer to identify the types of atoms excited by the beam, and a telescope to capture detailed images of the area illuminated by
the beam. The laser and telescope sit on the rover’s mast and share with the Mast Camera the role of informing researchers’ choices about which
objects in the area make the best targets for approaching to examine with other instruments
We use spectrometers on Earth to determine if a material is organic. Find organic, then find life.
Organic matter (or organic material, natural organic matter, NOM) is matter composed of organic compounds that has come from the remains of
once-living organisms such as plants and animals and their waste products in the environment.
Even if the majority of science experiments that this package can operate on are geology centric, it does have the underlying mission of finding life
, or evidence that it exists. I , and I am sure that a lot of others, would like to see that "ChemCam" used to zap a piece of that suspected bone
fragment, just for the science of it.
NASA Curiosity Media Fact Sheet
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