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[NBC] Curiosity rover finds organic compounds, but are they from Mars?

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Although NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't yet confirmed the detection of organic compounds on Mars, it's already seeing that the Red Planet's soil contains water and more complex chemicals — including signs of an intriguing compound called perchlorate

http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/03/15645732-curiosity-rover-finds-organic-compounds-but-are-they-from-mars


seems they are on the verge of confirming it
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Wouldn't surprise me. There are an infinite amount of galaxies out there and do think we're the only living matter around is a joke.

This isn't a huge scientific breakthrough either, I would think. Find a planet with intelligence such as humans and then we're talking!
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Wouldn't surprise me. There are an infinite amount of galaxies out there and do think we're the only living matter around is a joke.
This isn't a huge scientific breakthrough either, I would think. Find a planet with intelligence such as humans and then we're talking!

I don't think the point is proving that life exists out there. I think the point is finding that there's other life within our solar system, or at least remnants of it.
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Ah so this was the big reveal. Way to go NASA! Keep analyzing that red dirt.
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I don't think the point is proving that life exists out there. I think the point is finding that there's other life within our solar system, or at least remnants of it.

Yup. It's basically statistically 100% assured that there is a LOT of other life out there. Universe of infinite (or near infinite) size, and effectively ~12 billion years for life to exist (planets didn't form until a while after the big bang).

The thing is, this would prove that its insanely common. We might have found some evidence on mercury, and possible some on mars. That would mean that every planet we've looked for life on, we've found evidence of it.


In any event, it is somewhat less of a discovery than you think it would be. Congratulations: you found the decaying remains of ancient microbial life. The big thing will be finding multi-cellular organisms, or intelligent life. However, the later is likely not going to happen in our lifetime, at least by our own initiative.
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I'll wait for it to be confirmed before I make any remarks. We've heard similar stories many a time now.
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I'll wait for it to be confirmed before I make any remarks. We've heard similar stories many a time now.

Announcement: "Methane, we found it"

2nd Announcement: "The methane was a lie"
    
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. Congratulations: you found the decaying remains of ancient microbial life. The big thing will be finding multi-cellular organisms, or intelligent life. However, the later is likely not going to happen in our lifetime, at least by our own initiative.

Exactly.
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Announcement: "Methane, we found it"
2nd Announcement: "The methane was a lie"

They did this a while ago with Phoenix or Curiosity or something. Apparently one of the rovers had "discovered" methane, but re-analyzed another sample and found no trace of methane at all. Turns out that methane was from Cape Canaveral.

Gotta be careful with everything. 

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They did this a while ago with Phoenix or Curiosity or something. Apparently one of the rovers had "discovered" methane, but re-analyzed another sample and found no trace of methane at all. Turns out that methane was from Cape Canaveral.
Gotta be careful with everything. 

No doubt... I mean just think about when they finally release the real moon footage to the public. If you thought Apollo 18 was something.. you should see the real footage. It shows everything - the buildings, the alien space church, the routes to the underground city and caverns, everything. Like WHOA.
    
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