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Friday, February 22, 2013

Drill, Baby, Drill on Mars

Posted by on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Now you know the humans have finally arrived...

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior...

What are we hoping to find?
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Unobtainium.

 

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Big Matt G 13
Either MacGuffene or MacGuffane would be swell to locate.
Posted by Big Matt G on February 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 12
@11 hmmm, well...do you think I've got a shot? I AM looking for extra income/personal worshipers/validation of my "saviour-complex". The trick would be finding any earth-bound Martians. Know any?
Posted by ArtBasketSara on February 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 11
@10 Are you starting a cult?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 10
@8 No, no, no... Martian dinosaurs are just a big lie! The lack of life on Mars was created only 6'000 years ago...
Posted by ArtBasketSara on February 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
@8 really big ones. But they had three eye horns.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on February 22, 2013 at 11:07 AM · Report this
very bad homo 8
Dinosaur bones?
Posted by very bad homo on February 22, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
venomlash 7
I took one look at the blurb and went "they want to get samples of uneroded rock in case there are minerals that the atmosphere degrades".
Posted by venomlash on February 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 6
Drill, baby, drill! It's time to start harvesting other planets/moons/asteroid belts...but what is Obama doing about it? Nothing.

No moon base. No giant space station plans. No near light-speed capable ships. No invention of gap drives...(unless you count this http://www.gap-power.com/gap-drive.html ...which I DON"T!)
Posted by ArtBasketSara on February 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
COMTE 5
@3:

That's exactly right. The oxidation that occurs on the surface (responsible for Mars' reddish hue) destroys organic compounds. So, if you want to seek out evidence of past life, you have to get below that oxidation layer and into the deeper rock.
Posted by COMTE http://www.chriscomte.com on February 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
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Just read the link to wikipedia's article on "unobtainium."

My first contact with the word was working with a computer-room tech on Wall Street who had served as a military motor-pool mechanic in Vietnam. According to him, it was in general use to describe replacement parts and materials that were frequently out of stock for extended periods.

By the way, if we do discover some amazing material on Mars, it'll still be on Mars, and hence, still pretty much unobtainable. It's not like it's going to ship itself here. Although... every once in awhile, a meteor crashes to Earth that scientists are pretty sure originated on Mars. If Mars was full of unobtanium, it's possible we would have found some here on Earth by now.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM · Report this
samktg 3
For some reason I thought they were looking for organic compounds or other molecules which would allow for the presence of life. Shows what I know.
Posted by samktg on February 22, 2013 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Hopefully, it will find a way to pay for itself.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 22, 2013 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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Not really. Drilling and analyzing on site will allow to decide on further investigation without delay.
Posted by anon1256 on February 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM · Report this

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