Mars scientists keeping lid on discovery

  • Article by: KENNETH CHANG , New York Times
  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 9:35 PM

Fossils? Living microbes? Organics? A NASA spokesman says rover's findings will be "interesting" rather than "earthshaking."

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lloyd55423Nov. 27, 1211:29 PM

So now the science community is putting out hints of a special finding on Mars I see. Well, excuse me for saying so, but we've seen this kind of thing come down the pike many times in the past half-century, whether it is the odd report of a bigfoot sighting, or evidence of cold fusion, or maybe the Twin Towers fell down of their own accord. Count me among those who aren't holding their breath for a new Mars revelation, any more so than cheap gas at the pump in our lifetime, if you take my meaning.

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darkelfNov. 28, 12 3:03 AM

we've had cheap gas at the pump for decades. most americans fail to understand what 'cheap' is.

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orpheus90Nov. 28, 12 3:25 AM

OK, so not martians. Martian microbes, perhaps?

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olson123456Nov. 28, 12 3:45 AM

They found Elvis. With a Twinkie.

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elguevonNov. 28, 12 6:19 AM

Taxpayer funded project...the public has the right to know NOW!

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crue4youNov. 28, 12 6:36 AM

I'm glad and very interested what the announcement will be Monday. I won't have the knee-jerk reaction thinking it's any kind of lifeform, but will just wait and see what this discovery is. In my opinion, the Mars Discovery project is well worth the money and one which is pushing humankind into positive progress past the limits and box of what we've made for ourselves. After all, the sun revolved around the Earth at one time? Right?

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owatonnabillNov. 28, 12 7:19 AM

Hmmm. So, in other words, no news--IS news? This type of tease BS may be OK for reruns of Charlie's Angels but is certainly not appropriate for something that imagines itself a major news outlet.

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cavellNov. 28, 12 7:23 AM

still trying to figure out why martian history is important?

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butterscotchNov. 28, 12 8:56 AM

I'm all for "science" and "discovery", but the cynic in me is half expecting that they will announce a discovery of epic proportions. But they won't have the correct technology on the planet at this time to verify the findings...so they will need to send another rover up with the needed technology to verify the current findings. Which will justify the expected cost of the next exploration, which in turn, will turn up something even more "epic"...and so on and so on. If they got all of their answers in this trip, that would truly be EPIC!

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palsarNov. 28, 12 9:10 AM

I remember back a few years when this new invention was going to change the world. It was the Segway. Yawwwwnnn.

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