4. NASA/JPL frequently stated that the MSL images are uploaded to the public archives
they usually don't mention is that this process is not 'direct' or 'real-time' in nature. Of course, the science team gets the images first
And they need to approve them (after analysis) before they go into the public archives. In theory (and probably in practice, too) certain images can
thus be held back indefinitely
for the purpose of further investigation.
5. Remember Grotzinger's famous proclamation ('One For The History
, after some new data came in when he was interviewed by journalists? And what happened? They 'pulled' him back and suggested to rephrase
the statement, which he then did a few days later:
As for history books, the whole mission is for the history books. That’s not to rule out the possibility of truly big news. It won’t be
earthshaking, but it will be interesting.
6. Was Curiosity's visit to Glenelg really just an 'intermission'? A deviation from the official plan as stated by NASA/JPL? Curiosity landed just
about 400m away and went straight into that area encountering a whole variety of strange formations!? Didn't MRO data already indicate from orbit that
this area consisted of mineral rich layers & deposits as well as other interesting - probably unique - signatures? After almost one year into the
mission, I do have to speculate and ask: why exactly was it declared an intermission
after all? Didn't it rather look like a major part of the
So the 2020 rover
will look for 'past life'? On a microscopic
scale, right? Well, I suspect that will exclude the possibility of finding anything to prove 'past life' on a larger scale
? You know, it
all starts to sound like the result of a preconceived plan suggesting predefined goals AND a meticulously 'planned' public information policy ...
... that's why Curiosity won't (!) find anything 'earth-shaking', as Grotzinger's words suggested, it just wouldn't fit into the overall agenda and
gives certain people at NASA/JPL more time to keep concealing what they probably already know. That's not to 'belittle' the amazing science results
Curiosity & the team achieved up to now but there was almost certainly much more to see and do at Glenelg than just that.
For the above reasons I suspect that: as long as we're talking about microbes & bacteria the 'official information policy' will allow to gradually
release related information. As for anything else with regards to 'past life' it would be subject to concerns first mentioned in the
commissioned by NASA in 1960 (same as for UFOs). Here an excerpt regarding
'information policy' in the event of the discovery of intelligent life
elsewhere in the universe:
Questions one might wish to answer by such studies would include: How might such information, under what circumstances, be presented to or
withheld from the public for what ends?
What might be the role of the discovering scientists and other decision makers regarding release of the fact of discovery?" – pages 183–184
Source (Full PDF)
The 'issue' is this:
the report suggests further study on reactions & behaviour of leaders and cultures with regards to such a discovery. To
make a long story short: it's a complex subject and the arising questions couldn't be answered at this point in time, there are too many
involved so why bother taking the risk? IMO it's therefore not unreasonable to assume that the US government & NASA/JPL want to play
it safe and rather 'control' every bit of information that goes out.
All of the above is quite provocative
, I know, and I really hope I'm wrong with my 'speculation' that we're not being told everything. But I
fear there are considerable indications that important information is being withheld ...
Thanks for your patience & attention!
PLEASE NOTE: As for the possibility of there being potential 'artifacts' on Mars, let's not forget about (a) the overall dust cover which makes the
surface look 'coherent', (b) the low erosion rates throughout the Amazonian period on Mars and (c) the fact that any such remains (as would be true
for the Moon, too) must not necessarily
be linked to intelligent life that originated from Mars.
P.S.: Mods - please feel free to move this to ATS Skunkworks if more appropriate
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