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It appears the Curiosity rover on Mars has had some exciting news, but NASA controllers have said that they're keeping quiet about it until the facts have been checked. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," John Grotzinger, principal investigator for Curiosity told NPR. According to …

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Re: So either

"or

???"

You think they might have found question marks?

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Re: So either

"Resources which we're rapidly running out of in a quantity that may be of interest to us"

Electrical retailers that aren't PC World?

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Re: So either

Isn't it obvious,

they foud an ice crystal.

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Alien

They found my stash

of illudium q-36 explosive space modulators

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The Big News..............

Martian Bunnies have 6 legs.........

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Mushroom

WMDs

A coalition of the willing must be formed to invade - NOW!!! They could potentially hit us in 45 months.

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How about

"Slartibarfast. Beta test"

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I thought the whole point was the rover was looking for water or evidence of water, and did not have the apps for searching for life.

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Yup, think the article's oversimplified it. Curiosity isn't designed to detect life directly, only the elements required for life (as we understand it), "organic" compounds and biosignatures (or evidence life existed).

Although if a ma-hoooo-sive spider crawled across the ground where a camera was pointing, they could probably claim that one

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A bat-rat spider?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Angry_Red_Planet

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Blue skies on Mars?

That's a new one!

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Re: Blue skies on Mars?

Not really, the sky is usually blue at sunset on Mars, and reddish during the day. Pretty much the opposite of Earth.

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Wouldn't it be great if they've found ...

... some kind of rectangle with rounded corners?

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Re: Wouldn't it be great if they've found ...

... after plotting the graph of n^2 + 9 + 9, arriving at an unusual shape, a uniformly curved line which somehow joins up with itself that science has yet to find a name for.

Can you think of a name for it? If you can, the Royal Mathematics Society would like to hear from you. Because they hold a competition each year to find a name for this figure. The final takes place in Nottingham on April the 4th of September. And you could win your school this computerised toast system. So, good luck!

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Re: Wouldn't it be great if they've found ...

My God... It's full of patent lawyers!

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Re: April the 4th of September

A complex date indeed.

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They found ...

the coast of Norway ...

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Re: They found ...

Slartibartfast will be pleased

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Don't get excited

It'll be one for the GEOLOGISTS history books, as in they've found a nice type of quartz, or some such bullshit.

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Re: Don't get excited

It'll be one for the AREOLOGISTS history books.

You're welcome.

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it obvious what's happened.....while scooping up a sample they've found the top of a stargate.

Kurt Russell is on standby to head a recon team

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We had this with the Phoenix lander as well...

... hush hush ... this must go straight to the WHITE HOUSE!!

Nasa: We found Perchlorate.

Bush: wtf is Perculate. This some kinda new coffee?

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Its a big cover up

sprouts grow on mars, then slowly drift through the atmosphere landing in out fields.

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Eeew...

Martian farts!

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We all hope for life...

Bet it's some weird isotope of carbon or carbon dioxide.

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A lump of purest GREEN!

Or maybe just some arsenic, so any hypothetical, maybe they don't actually eat arsenic at all creatures could live there. Hypothetically.

A good naked-eye fossil would be nice though.

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Water or Life

Announced next month they say? Wouldn't happen to be on the 21st December would it? (Hey someone had to do say it) ;)

We have discovered life on a another planet, The written word is a lie, The"Book" is wrong, Mass riots on Earth take place which leads to Armageddon.

Wow can't wait ,Sounds exciting. heh

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Re: Water or Life

Naaaa, it will just be [insert your chosen deity]'s way of testing the faith.

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Is it?

Is it Starbuck's registered office for paying their taxes?

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Life on Mars

Since they found life on Mars last time they looked, my guess is they found it again.

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Joke

ok...

..who farted in the launch chamber?

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We found this spoon, sir!

(Rover brandishes said spoon and looks all chuffed with itself)

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Re: We found this spoon, sir!

There is no spoon.

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If it is traces of water then....

I thought the other 2 rovers and the phoenix lander had already chalked those up for themselves?

Anyhow well done to the NASA team for the work the rover is giving the science community and hope the news is really interesting to all - and not just a geologist wetting his pants over some metamorphic rock formation which may or may not point to yet more evidence that mars was once wet (or at the very least slightly damp to the touch)

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Look, I've found..

a penny

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Pong

They discovered a meteorite from Earth.

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Re: There's plenty of intelligent life here on earth

Japan announces plans for a fleet of ships to harvest the life forms on Mars for "research". Fishing nations plot how to get drift nets onto a rocket.

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Spock...

Yes Jim.

Fire up the laser! We got company...

Hold the fort whilst I get ready, for an imminent fight, in some Martian sand!

Akk

stop

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Worm sign

and Spice is prevalent on Mars! :O

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Why are NASA playing a game with us?

If it was serious - like life - they wouldn't tease us with a 'guess what' game in the press and on the internet would they? NASA are still a serious scientific organisation aren't they?

Prepare to be a tad disappointed...

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