reply to post by jeep3r
I'm sure you saw Zaphod58's post back on page one, which is: Curiosity has a limited life span, many things to do, and little time to get it
So far most of the probes and rovers sent out into space and to Mars, have performed well past their designed life spans and been able to have added
missions to do. But that does not mean that Curiosity will also last well past it's intended life span. It might not.
What you are proposing is that Curiosity be reprogrammed from what it's been instructed to do, to instead go and visit a rock that people here (note
that, people here....not at JPL, NASA or some university who know geology, rocks and Mars itself) find strange in photographs.
To figure out a new navigational path to said rock that people here (note that again....people here on ATS and other sites) find interesting because
of how it is shaped, how the shadows fall, etc.
To deviate from a set course, to visit an object that does not seem to be interesting to those that know geology and the science behind it, to add
more risk to the rover, simply to satisfy the public's curiosity about why a rock is shaped the way it is.
I'm sure that if they did see something that they thought was not suppose to be there...is artificial in nature, or were the possible fossilized
remains of something, they would have no trouble at all sending Curiosity on a deviated course to investigate further.
I think what we are seeing here are two things: a trust issue, and a superiority issue.
People here just do not want to, or can not stand the thought that they would have to trust JPL/NASA and scientist that what appears to be a real
artifact is in fact only a rock, because that would mean having to trust JPL/NASA and those scientist, when, a large chunk of people here spend a LOT
of their time here on ATS trying to prove that JPL/NASA and scientist are in fact covering things up in some great conspiracy. Believing otherwise
would mean that they've spent a LOT of time (or even chunks of their lives), wasting their time. And that would be intolerable. Therefore: JPL/NASA
and scientist MUST be lying/hiding/covering up things....
Superiority issue is those here that feel they know better than JPL/NASA and scientist. Never mind that they do not have degrees and formal education
in the field of geology, planetology, etc. To them if you see a picture of a guinea pig on Mars....then it MUST be a guinea pig on Mars. They feel
that they are "in the know" or "know better than all", and there for anyone that says differently MUST be either trying to help JPL/NASA hiding
something, or are idiots.
The extremely ironic thing to me is this:
Let's say Curiosity makes it over to Mt. Sharp. And in the layers of deposits, actually finds fossilized life in those layers...........it will be
the biggest news and history changing event to all of humankind.
Yet, on here. many people will be screaming:
"It's a cover up! There is much more advanced things there, they just don't want us to know!"
"So what? I still want them to go back and look at that shoe/lizard/boat anchor/insert whatever you saw here! "
And that's going to be so sad to see.
We should question everything. I agree with that.
That means that we should also not just question what JPL/NASA shows us or tells us.....but we should also question those that have this hard core
belief that JPL/NASA is always lying to them.
So fair is fair.