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Given the fuss they are making about this and the instrumentation on the rover, I'm going to guess that they found organics in the martian soil.
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Other options?
-Hydrogen molecules
-Moist soil (it was in a ancient creeck bed in september)
-Cool(ish)- soil within a depth of 1 feet
-Bacteria able to survive in those condition.

All of these exist already and would not be news.

Hydrogen is everywhere. Mars has tons of water (though standing liquid water is near impossible as the atmospheric pressure and temperature are too low). Martian soil is quite cool. There are bacteria on Earth that would likely do just fine on Mars.
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but they could tell if a top soil was organic...meaning made up of dead plants as we know them.

Organics in soil do not imply plants. There were organic compounds on Earth, and microbial life, long before plants evolved.

Nor do organics always imply life.
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No, because this has been announced already.

Also, it was expected, and is not significant enough to justify the fuss.
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I've followed this, but my knowledge on the progress is weak.

I am sure they found organic matter. Not a fossil bacteria, but molecules. Or maybe they found Ice under the surface. The rover is equiped with a shovel to look for it. But any water on surface that will eat by sun energy will vapourise and disappear. Mars atmosphere is 1% of Earth's atmosphere density.
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I think they found a gas pocket, like methane, or frozen CO2 residual. Some byproduct of (generically speaking) burning.
    
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Which would mean we could go and walk around on Mars!!

Not the significance of that article.
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Or maybe they found Ice under the surface.

Already been found on Mars.
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Originally Posted by siggie30 View Post

I think they found a gas pocket, like methane, or frozen CO2 residual. Some byproduct of (generically speaking) burning.

Mars' atmosphere is made of CO2, and there is some amount of dry ice on Mars.

CO2 isn't evidence of burning, and methane would generally be consumed by burning, not created by it.

However, methane is an organic compound and depending on concentrations and other factors, may or may not be evidence of life.
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Come on :-/
Obviously they found the Mars-bar, after which the whole rover project was named and the rover meant to search for.
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says Radiation level are similar to that of Low Orbit of Earth

But No Magnetosphere = Not gonna survive Solar Winds
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Not the significance of that article.
Already been found on Mars.
Mars' atmosphere is made of CO2, and there is some amount of dry ice on Mars.
CO2 isn't evidence of burning, and methane would generally be consumed by burning, not created by it.
However, methane is an organic compound and depending on concentrations and other factors, may or may not be evidence of life.

I never said methane was created by burning, although I understand why you made that statement.
I know no other way of producing CO2 (without cells) except by heat. Burning being the obvious choice. I will ammend my statement and include cellular respiration. Obviously, I was making a reference to a gas pocket, regardless of composition.
    
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Not sure how this has more posts than the first thread, but please continue there:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1329160/
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