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NASA Hints at Secret Data: Did Curiousity Find Signs of Life on Mars?

NASA/JPL-Caltech /Public Domain Chief Scientist for the Mars rover Curiosity mission, John Grotzinger, dropped a bombshell when NPR reporter Joe Palca dropped by for a visit: exciting data was streaming in from a soil sample recently loaded into Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM). Earthshaking Palca refers to the data as "earthshaking." He quotes Grotzinger: This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good. But then Grotzinger sealed his lips. Sharing exciting data does not trump making sure that data is verifiable. So we are left to speculate: what could Curiosity have found? And will it be for real this time? Grotzinger certainly knows the disappointment of seeing exciting speculation backfire when results cannot be reproduced. SAM already returned results showing methane in the Martian air; the simple organic molecule can be a sign of lif...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/nasa-hints-sec...

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