posted on Mar, 11 2013 @ 09:37 PM
To contribute to these goals, MSL has eight main scientific objectives:
(1) Determine the nature and inventory of organic carbon compounds
(2) Investigate the chemical building blocks of life (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur) (3) Identify features that may
represent the effects of biological processes (biosignatures) Geological and geochemical
(4) Investigate the chemical, isotopic, and mineralogical composition of the Martian surface and near-surface geological materials
(5) Interpret the processes that have formed and modified rocks and soils Planetary process
(6) Assess long-timescale (i.e., 4-billion-year) Martian atmospheric evolution processes
(7) Determine present state, distribution, and cycling of water and carbon dioxide Surface radiation
I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that they have discovered that Mars was, at one time, suitible for life.
That's what we want to hear.