What would you like Curiosity to find on Mars?

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Offline cheryl j

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What would you like Curiosity to find on Mars?
« on: 30/09/2013 01:09:21 »
I was kind of surprised that finding water on Mars was a bigger deal in the news. Granted, it wasn't flowing through the "canals" they talked about when I was a kid, and it's bound up in the soil, but it still seems cool, that an the evidence of ancient water flow patterns. Disappointing about the lack of methane.

I sometimes think Curiosity would have to collide into another Rover before people would be impressed.

If there's no life on Mars, do you think scientists would ever try "seeding" the planet somehow? Would it even be possible?


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Re: What would you like Curiosity to find on Mars?
« Reply #1 on: 30/09/2013 05:32:37 »
If it's a question of what I want it to find, then that would be life. I don't know if it has the proper equipment to demonstrate the existence of living cells or not, however.

I do recall an experiment that was performed which kept lichen and cyanobacteria in Martian conditions for a period of a little over a month. Not only did they survive the trial, but they metabolized: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/20120515-earth-life-survive-mars.html Whether they could reproduce and populate the planet is another matter, but I would certainly like another experiment set up to see if it could happen.
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