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28-09-2015, 11:50 AM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
(28-09-2015 11:46 AM)Escape Artist Wrote:  
(28-09-2015 11:37 AM)JDog554 Wrote:  To a normal person it's not much but to a scientist it is like a holy grail.

I'm just saying, to me they built it up way too much. Sad

It's a matter of perspective. This IS as huge as they built it up to be. And then some.

Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

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28-09-2015, 11:56 AM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
I was hoping for microbial life, so anything less than that was going to be a disappointment for me, honestly. I may get it.... eventually. Undecided

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28-09-2015, 11:58 AM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
(28-09-2015 11:56 AM)Escape Artist Wrote:  I was hoping for microbial life, so anything less than that was going to be a disappointment for me, honestly. I may get it.... eventually. Undecided

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This could indicate that there may be or have been some life on Mars.

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28-09-2015, 12:00 PM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
(28-09-2015 11:58 AM)JDog554 Wrote:  
(28-09-2015 11:56 AM)Escape Artist Wrote:  I was hoping for microbial life, so anything less than that was going to be a disappointment for me, honestly. I may get it.... eventually. Undecided

Facepalm

This could indicate that there may be or have been some life on Mars.

Whatever. I don't get it, I guess. Why not just wait when/if they do find life and then announce that? Or just have made the "hey we found flowing water" thing a little less "OMG we have a huge announcement". I may have my head up my ass. I don't know. Or I may just be having a bad day.

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28-09-2015, 12:02 PM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
(28-09-2015 12:00 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  
(28-09-2015 11:58 AM)JDog554 Wrote:  Facepalm

This could indicate that there may be or have been some life on Mars.

Whatever. I don't get it, I guess. Why not just wait when/if they do find life and then announce that? Or just have made the "hey we found flowing water" thing a little less "OMG we have a huge announcement". I may have my head up my ass. I don't know. Or I may just be having a bad day.

Because it's strong evidence of possible life, it's a great discovery and one that could in turn make for even more amazing discoveries. If you are having a bad day though I do hope it gets better Sad

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28-09-2015, 12:19 PM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
Article at NASA.

Quote:"When most people talk about water on Mars, they're usually talking about ancient water or frozen water," he said. "Now we know there’s more to the story. This is the first spectral detection that unambiguously supports our liquid water-formation hypotheses for RSL."

The discovery is the latest of many breakthroughs by NASA’s Mars missions.

“It took multiple spacecraft over several years to solve this mystery, and now we know there is liquid water on the surface of this cold, desert planet,” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “It seems that the more we study Mars, the more we learn how life could be supported and where there are resources to support life in the future.”

Quote:These downhill flows, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), often have been described as possibly related to liquid water.

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28-09-2015, 12:24 PM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
It's rather interesting the manners of finding water is growing the better we get at searching and studying out there with better instruments.

Excitingly delicious salty gross water Drooling

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28-09-2015, 12:31 PM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
(28-09-2015 12:02 PM)JDog554 Wrote:  
(28-09-2015 12:00 PM)Escape Artist Wrote:  Whatever. I don't get it, I guess. Why not just wait when/if they do find life and then announce that? Or just have made the "hey we found flowing water" thing a little less "OMG we have a huge announcement". I may have my head up my ass. I don't know. Or I may just be having a bad day.

Because it's strong evidence of possible life, it's a great discovery and one that could in turn make for even more amazing discoveries. If you are having a bad day though I do hope it gets better Sad


Aye, this.

I'm guessing you're just having a bad day, EA. Stress will do that to you, and you've got shit to be stressed about. So, I forgive you for being under-enthusiastic about this. Tongue

But it REALLY REALLY is a huge discovery. Looking for signs of previous life is a bit more difficult than looking for living life. Think of it as the difference between going out to the desert to look for a rattlesnake vs digging in the desert to find a rattlesnake fossil. Living things leave active evidence and can be seen just by observing them moving around. Finding a fossil is a lot of fruitless searching, dead ends, false leads, and very delicate work.

Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

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28-09-2015, 12:47 PM
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I know it's probably been expressed, but it's not just water.

It's not just liquid water.

It's liquid saline.

This is the same stuff that WE evolved in. And people don't really give a rip and are more concerned with fucking Caitlyn Jenner.

We now have substantial evidence that we could sustain life on our closest celestial neighbor besides the moon.

A flight to Mars is getting shorter and shorter and cheaper and cheaper... and less deadly.

Humans could colonize Mars and the majority of people don't care.

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28-09-2015, 12:55 PM
RE: Mars - Big announcement on Monday from NASA
(28-09-2015 12:47 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  I know it's probably been expressed, but it's not just water.

It's not just liquid water.

It's liquid saline.

This is the same stuff that WE evolved in. And people don't really give a rip and are more concerned with fucking Caitlyn Jenner.

We now have substantial evidence that we could sustain life on our closest celestial neighbor besides the moon.

A flight to Mars is getting shorter and shorter and cheaper and cheaper... and less deadly.

Humans could colonize Mars and the majority of people don't care.

Good, they can all stay on this planet. Mars will be a world of intelligence and science nerdery.

Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

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