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NASA’s Curiosity rover detects organic compounds on Mars
Open Minds UFO News and Investigations ^ | 12-4-12 | Jason McClellan

Posted on 12/04/2012 8:39:41 PM PST by smokingfrog

On Tuesday, November 20, Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that an upcoming announcement about data from a recently collected soil sample by Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, instrument would be “one for the history books.” This comment fueled speculation about the possible discovery of evidence indicating past or present life on Mars.

Curiosity rover on December 3 during a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California. Explaining the announcement, Space.com describes that Curiosity “found evidence of chlorine, sulfur, and water in Mars dirt studied by its onboard laboratory, as well as organic compounds (chemicals containing carbon) inside its Sample Analysis at Mars instrument.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; mars; nasa; science; space; xplanets
CheMin's examination of Rocknest samples found the composition is about half common volcanic minerals and half non-crystalline materials such as glass. SAM added information about ingredients present in much lower concentrations and about ratios of isotopes. Isotopes are different forms of the same element and can provide clues about environmental changes. The water seen by SAM does not mean the drift was wet. Water molecules bound to grains of sand or dust are not unusual, but the quantity seen was higher than anticipated.
1 posted on 12/04/2012 8:39:50 PM PST by smokingfrog
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http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/710682main_Mahaffy-3-pia16575-43_946-710.jpg


2 posted on 12/04/2012 8:40:32 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Thanks smokingfrog.
Another one of *those* topics, but you have to know where to look. :')


3 posted on 12/04/2012 8:49:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...
Thanks smokingfrog.
 
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4 posted on 12/04/2012 8:50:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: smokingfrog

Didn’t they “discover” fossilized bacteria on Mars a few years back? Haven’t heard much of it lately.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 9:35:33 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

If I remember correctly, they found a meteorite in Antarctica, that they said was from Mars, and it had signs of fossilized bacteria in it. But not everyone agreed that’s what it actually was.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Hills_84001


6 posted on 12/04/2012 9:43:37 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Was there a launch today? My husband saw a trail going up around 5pm EST. The launches from the Cape are usually to the east between 2-3 o’clock. This was a trail visible from the southwest in Orlando at about 6-7 o’clock around 5PM.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 9:44:26 PM PST by Southern Magnolia
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To: Southern Magnolia

Maybe they finally launched the X-37B?


8 posted on 12/04/2012 9:52:09 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

If they have found life, obama will want to tax the top three percent to redistribute to the scum and bacteria.


9 posted on 12/04/2012 9:54:44 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: smokingfrog

Meteor sh*t.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 9:57:04 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: smokingfrog; All

How do we know that the organic compounds which have been detected in soil samples taken by the Mars experiment aren’t the result of the possible contamination of the Mars Curiosity vehicle before it left Earth?


11 posted on 12/04/2012 10:03:49 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: smokingfrog

They just need to discover global warming on Mars to get more funding.


12 posted on 12/04/2012 10:10:56 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: smokingfrog

chlorine is a deadly chemical.

sulfur is common where anything has volcanic activity.

we already knew mars has water, frozen, on it.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 10:41:03 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: cruise_missile
Here is my reaction.

Who Gives A Rusty Sexual act?

The days of deflecting my interests are gone.

There could be green headed talking turds out there who can karaoke. my favorite songs from the 70’s , juggle my finances with one hand, ,and take money from my right, and I'll just point at John Beahner and say been there done that!

14 posted on 12/04/2012 10:42:04 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: smokingfrog

So...what became of the two low budget rovers that were all over the news a couple of years ago?


15 posted on 12/04/2012 10:58:39 PM PST by norton
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To: norton

I think those 2 have finally come to their end.

They lasted much much much longer than the original design said they would. MUCH longer.


16 posted on 12/04/2012 11:02:15 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I hate to call you on it, but there were supposed to be two more muches in there.


17 posted on 12/04/2012 11:41:01 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: smokingfrog
organic compounds (chemicals containing carbon)

lol, "organic compounds" vs "chemicals containing carbon"...maybe they mean the same thing to chemists, but to a layman one sounds like "life" and the other like "yeah whatever".

18 posted on 12/04/2012 11:41:09 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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To: DoughtyOne
I hate to call you on it, but there were supposed to be two more muches in there.

That would be too much.

19 posted on 12/04/2012 11:42:29 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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To: AndyTheBear

No..., it would be two much. :^)


20 posted on 12/05/2012 12:17:35 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: DoughtyOne

thank you very much much for that correction


21 posted on 12/05/2012 1:15:01 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: AndyTheBear

organic compounds (chemicals containing carbon)
lol, “organic compounds” vs “chemicals containing carbon”...maybe they mean the same thing to chemists, but to a layman one sounds like “life” and the other like “yeah whatever”.

They may find complex hydro-carbons and even amino acids, but it’s a long, long, googleplex long way to the self-replicating RNA molecule. I don’t think they will find that, but if they do, then that would be news. We live on an exceptionally rare planet.


22 posted on 12/05/2012 4:16:07 AM PST by thepoodlebites (and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.)
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To: GeronL; norton

Spirit conked out in 2010, Opportunity is still working.


23 posted on 12/05/2012 4:34:00 AM PST by biggerten (Love you, Mom.)
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To: norton
NASA declared Spirit dead in May 2011, identifying hypothermia as the likely cause. But Opportunity remains an active and alert planetary explorer.
24 posted on 12/05/2012 4:48:21 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SunkenCiv

Huh.
25 posted on 12/05/2012 6:51:55 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: GeronL

;^)


26 posted on 12/05/2012 7:54:01 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Hurricane Sandy..., a week later and over 60 million Americans still didn't have power.)
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To: thepoodlebites; All

I’m not surprised in the least. If the hydroplate theory [replaces plate tectonics] is true then one should expect water, organic compounds and possibly even fossils from Earth throughout the planets and moons in our solar system. See my links page re: the hydroplate theory.


27 posted on 12/05/2012 10:30:44 AM PST by BrandtMichaels
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