posted on Feb, 16 2014 @ 05:27 PM
earlier today I was reading about the goals of Nasa's 2020 rover mission when one phrase caught my attention as it stood out of place from the overall
meaning of the rest of the article.
Here are the Mission Objectives:
A. Characterize the processes that formed and modified the geologic record within a field exploration area on Mars selected for evidence of an
astrobiologically-relevant ancient environment and geologic diversity.
B. Perform the following astrobiologically-relevant investigations on the geologic materials at the landing site:
1. Determine the habitability of an ancient environment.
2. For ancient environments interpreted to have been habitable, search for materials with high biosignature preservation potential.
3. Search for potential evidence of past life using the observations regarding habitability and preservation as a guide.
C. Assemble a returnable cache of samples for possible future return to Earth.
1.Obtain samples that are scientifically selected, for which the field context is documented, that contain the most promising samples identified
in Objective B and that represent the geologic diversity of the field site.
2. Ensure compliance with future needs in the areas of planetary protection and engineering so that the cache could be returned in the future if
NASA chooses to do so.
D. Contribute to the preparation for human exploration of Mars by making significant progress towards filling at least one major Strategic Knowledge
Gap (SKG). The highest priority SKG measurements that are synergistic with Mars 2020 science objectives and compatible with the mission concept are
(in priority order):
1. Demonstration of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies to enable propellant and consumable oxygen production from the Martian
atmosphere for future exploration missions.
2. Characterization of atmospheric dust size and morphology to understands its effects on the operation of surface systems and human health.
3. Surface weather measurements to validate global atmospheric models
Cool, it's almost they're telling us there WAS life there. Well almost.
Then there's the above mentioned interesting phrase (emphasis mine):
The Mars 2020 rover mission will explore the geology of a once habitable site
Mars was a habitable place, without a doubt ^^^
And to add more confusion:
"The Mars 2020 mission concept does not presume that life ever existed on Mars," said Jack Mustard, chairman of the Science Definition Team and a
professor at the Geological Sciences at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
So ATS, what is it, slip, leak, internal miscommunication, ground preparation or something else maybe?
edit on 16-2-2014 by
zilebeliveunknown because: (no reason given)