Will NASA release Earth- ... er, Mars-shaking news?
November 21st, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Will NASA release Earth- ... er, Mars-shaking news?

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

A big "OMG" moment for space enthusiasts may be coming!

We were certainly excited to read on NPR's website that the Curiosity rover may have discovered something "really interesting." John Grotzinger, principal investigator for the Curiosity rover mission, revealed to NPR that "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good."

The data in question come from soil that was analyzed by an instrument suite on the rover called SAM, the Sample Analysis at Mars. This chemistry set is equipped to look for compounds of carbon, such as methane, as well as hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. These would suggest at least the possibility that life could have once existed there.

But Grotzinger would not tell NPR exactly what about the latest results could be so "earthshaking" (should we say "Mars-shaking"?). And it will be several weeks before the public may know anything further about the matter, NPR reported. The scientists don't want to say anything prematurely, before they're sure they know what they're seeing.

NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory spokesman Guy Webster told CNN that the science team is not ready to discuss the soil inspection from SAM and that the same policy applied to past results from the Curiosity mission.

"The scientists want to gain confidence in the findings before taking them outside of the science team. As for history books, the whole mission is for the history books," he wrote in an e-mail. "John was excited about the quality and range of information coming in from SAM during the day a reporter happened to be sitting in John's office last week. He has been similarly excited by results at other points during the mission so far."

Curiosity has been roaming Mars since its spectacular landing August 6, which involved a supersonic parachute and a sky crane. It weighs nearly 2,000 pounds and has 17 cameras on board. With the rover's sophisticated instruments, the $2.5 billion mission is exploring Mars in ways that no manmade probe has ever been able to before.

The rover landed in a place called Gale Crater, which may have once contained water. In fact, during its first couple of months of exploration, Curiosity found evidence of ancient water, based on rock formations that appeared to have formed in the presence of water.

For several weeks, Curiosity was parked at a place called Rocknest, where it scooped up soil samples and discovered shiny objects.

On November 16, the rover started driving again, NASA said. Currently it's on its way to a location called Point Lake. It moved 83 feet eastward Sunday.

Meanwhile, space fans have taken to Twitter to post humorous speculations about the rover's discoveries using the hashtag #CuriosityFindings. @treelobsters writes, "That red dust? Actually paprika." @jkfecke adds, "Face on Mars is huge statue of Justin Bieber." And particularly groundbreaking would be, as @TechyDad writes, "A giant pile of unmatched socks that disappeared from the Earth's washing machines."

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  1. Really?

    What? Are they gonna tell us that they have a base, it was destroyed and they set up a new one? Or that we can go there about once a week? And that they don't need ships to do it in? I know, they will say they found chemicals that can support life.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • scottfriend

      We already have a base on the moon and we use the TR-3B to go to it, don't know about mars.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • Leif

        All your base are belong to us, earthling.

        November 22, 2012 at 2:56 am |
      • Kremlin

        Well looks like they've allowed apes AKA meme-spouters to post in the CNN comments section.

        November 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • Jan

        Scott;

        There is no base on the moon. We only have the Intl. space station. Now the question of WHY there is no base on the moon is actually of utmost interest. Possible to do, but why have we not pursued this since the late 1960's? Hmmm. More coverups, I think.

        November 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • Visara

        Jan: Actually, there are several bases on the moon. Just because the government doesn't come out and tell the public doesn't mean they don't exist. They've existed for decades. Try to open your mind a little.

        November 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
      • Alan DeGolmon

        Visara: Actually, there are NOl bases on the moon. Just because the government doesn't come out and tell the public doesn't mean they DO exist. They haven't existed for decades, since the last Apollo mission. Try to open your mind a little.

        Say... you know that the government also doesn't say that the Earth is hollow and inhabited by a non-human sentient species? And it doesn't say that there's an alternate Earth on the far side of the sun where we can't see it... Wow.. All those things the government doesn't say. They all exist in your little Universe, just because the government doesn't say they exist.

        Must be one crowded place !!!

        November 23, 2012 at 4:46 am |
    • tom

      they found something. it means nothing. and we're all out 2.5 bil. yay. ....idiots.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • MDATB

        2.5B used very well.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
      • matt houston

        Yee are short sighted as a camel in a jungle at night time.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • Mark

        Perspective: Humans spend more on dog biscuits than exploring our universe

        November 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • rixter

        Jack.... my best guess is that the only reason they are idiots is because you are so smart.... I typically call people idiots if I don't have any facts to back up my name calling....

        November 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
      • Schmedley

        C'mon now. We need people like tom because someone has to occupy the lower tail of the bell curve...

        November 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
      • Guest

        Ah, Tom must be one of those guys who thinks the money should have gone to America's millionaires. Idiot.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
      • alpgr49

        They said the same thing (with a smaller dollar amount) after the discovery of the telescope, the Right brothers' flight, etc... This is Science, not reality TV.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • Wastheredonethat

        Luddite.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Rogue351

        Let me guess Tom. The United States should be spending the money on something else. But NOT public healthcare, medicare or medicaid, or for that matter social security. Maybe more weapons so we can invade more counties? Maybe we should lower that tax rates of the top 3% of the wealthiest people in the United States or just give the money to them? Or we could raise the salaries of the Congress because they are doing such a bag up job ? Or we could put the money into paying off the national debt. A debt that is basically inconsequential, but has only be come relevant because of the Republican rhetoric that people have bought into ? Tell us TOM how should we spend the money ?

        November 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Antonio

        Yes the discovery of life beyond our earthly plain is a waste of time considering the billionars spend about 3 billion a day shining their shoes,lets all complain that nasa using the money you would never see anyway on thing important to thr future and understanding of humanity and the universe instead of it going to china like a real american would ,

        November 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • harinder

        Tom must be a diehard REPUBLICAN – it shows

        November 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
      • Bchcool

        @mark... interesting point, however when is the last time Curiosity rover has brought you joy or comfort, and how often? My guess would be a dog has done that if not once then more frequent and more recently than this 2.5B... just dog food for thought....

        November 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Darth Mortis

        Well, thanks to the abuse this planet has taken, and the fact that neither you americans and the chinese are systematically continuing the gang rape of the environment, the rest of us in the world will need a new place to live. Trust me, to the rest of the world, every penny you yanks spend on investigating another planet just gives the rest of us a chance to save the best and the brightest, and leave you morons to continue destroying this formerly blue rock.

        idiot.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
      • AndybearAndy

        tom & like-naysayers, get a life and stop just wasting oxygen.u r 2 ignorant 2 use this site

        November 21, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
      • Athens guy

        2.5b is the price tag of 2 B2 bombers, which can hardly cross an ocean and ony has a missin to destroy and kill. I want my tax money spent on something that elevates humankind. Godspeed Curiosity!

        November 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
      • newdna

        300 million A DAY in Afghanistan. What has that got us? That's about one Mars mission A WEEK going down the toilet there.

        November 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
      • ADINFINITUM7

        Go and buy some dog biscuits.

        November 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
      • cja

        Maybe it was $2.5 billion but none of that money ever left Earth. It is still here, still in the economy.

        November 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
      • finished

        They found Big Bird. It's ok Tom, we're going to get rid of the commie bird after all.

        November 22, 2012 at 12:23 am |
      • finished

        They must have found Big Bird hiding from Romney. It's ok Tom, we're going to get rid of the commie bird after all.

        November 22, 2012 at 12:25 am |
      • Jim Weaver

        Idiot. That 2.5 billion was spent here and not on Mars. It went to the Men and Women here on earth that built it and the companies that supplied the materials.

        November 22, 2012 at 12:28 am |
      • Edwin

        tom: you do realize of course that 1/3 of the technology in your computer was developed because of the lunar missions, right? Was that worth the money, or would you rather not have things like cell phones and laptops?

        This mission and the ones that follow will produce major technology, too - even if people like you don't have the imagination to realize it.

        November 22, 2012 at 1:51 am |
      • matt

        ah.. the voice of the 47% that feels they are owed something and not getting enough gifts from the administration...

        November 22, 2012 at 2:00 am |
      • stout7735

        I will show you all a shiny thing for $2.50....

        November 22, 2012 at 5:02 am |
      • Mike

        Poor Tom.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • JonPeter

        Money spent on salaries for people who work, try new things, build thinks. Better than giving money to people who don't work.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:29 am |
      • tom bashing

        tom you're the real idiot here, the world needs less of you, show yourself to the door (preferably an airplane door inflight)

        November 22, 2012 at 10:24 am |
      • Godfrei

        You, Sir, are an ass hat.

        November 22, 2012 at 11:37 am |
      • stout7735

        They found that the little shiny thing was a dime I dropped, earthlngs....

        November 22, 2012 at 11:50 am |
      • Except

        ...America spends over $3-Billion more then it makes every. single. day.

        This is the best days work they have done in years.

        November 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
      • jamison

        Many of the things we use today came out of the Moon landing program. Don't show your ignorance and speak err write unless you know what you are saying.

        November 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • carpenterman123

        Just think how many people we could have killed with that money

        November 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • David

        I simply cannot see how Tom isn't a troll.

        November 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
      • Scott

        Hiding your head in the sand is not an answer, it's simply an attempt to avoid any answers.....

        Sitting here on a single world in a single solar system is asking for extinction. So yes, exploration is worth the buck, if only to get us to the next step....

        November 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
      • anahadwolves

        Careful, Tom. You're just about to fall off the edge of the earth into the abyss and the unknown.

        November 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
      • bill

        it's very important that we invest money like this in order to F up other planets. we can't even take care of our own.

        November 23, 2012 at 7:41 am |
      • TEDcGEGI

        What a closed minded Neanderthal...

        November 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
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    • Elvis

      Hey, what's this 2 ton robot thing takin' mah picture?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Shane

      I'm betting they found evidence of a past magnetosphere of Mars.

      November 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
      • Guesteppi

        Magnetosphere is a character from X-Men: The Tribulationses. Please do some reasarch before posting.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
      • rapierpoint

        Geisteppi – Shane is correct. Perhaps you should stop thinking that everything mentioned in comics isn't real.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
      • hello

        They found Carl Sagan's Big Blue Dot. ...
        I wish they would discover Mars is loaded with gold.... then we can find something of REAL value to worship.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • LeQuack

        They finally found Jimmy Hoffa!!

        November 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Jamey

      I think my favorite part of these articles is the fact that CNN never hesitates to rehash "clever" and "humorous" tweets. Every one of those comments made my eyes roll back into my head. Not to mention there is really no news here, just conjecture. Let's see what's in Al Capone's secret vault Geraldo! Also I love the "OMG" moment may be coming quote! Way to really connect with the readers who just love acronyms! Woo-hoo! JK! LOL! TTYL!

      Cynicism aside I would love to see some news coming out of this behemoth of a mission. I think right now the money spent on expolration of other planets would be better spent researching ways to reverse and avoid further damage to this one...but who isn't curious to see evidence of life elsewhere?

      November 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
      • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

        You must know our friend tom. ../yawn

        November 23, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Mark

      They found a large black monolith and they are preparing a manned mission to send there and investigate

      November 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • momzna

      They found Jimmy Hoffa.

      November 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • T. Lee

      Nah – it's going to be something to do with pre-animate matter

      November 21, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • Lindley

        THIS IS CETI ALPHA FIVE!

        November 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • Person

        @Lindley- You just made my day. Lmao

        November 23, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • jbones

      You really think NASA is going to say anything about life out there? They have known the answer for quite a while and have never shared the truth with us.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
      • regertz

        And you saw that on which You Tube rant er video? And your proof? Believe me, if NASA had found evidence of life and had solid proof years ago it would have then been on every magazine and news network if only for the great PR boost. Don't be ridiculous, mumbling conspiracy theories.

        November 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
      • Juan

        That's like saying the postal service would never tell us about stamps.

        November 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Keksi

      They found Jimmy Hoffa grave.

      November 22, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • Jon

      Jimmy Hoffa?

      November 22, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • John_DD

      Karl Rove says there is still time for NASA to be wrong

      November 22, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Phil

      No – they found an ancient fossilzed turd from a long extinct Martian protozoa

      November 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Steve

      Whatever it is and as interesting as it may be ,God still created it all.

      November 23, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • John

      @Visara and @Jan: you are both total nutjobs, you know that, right?

      November 23, 2012 at 1:45 am |
    • not alone

      to think we are the the only living planet in the universe is liken to looking across the ocean from land and saying that the earth is flat!

      December 7, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  2. tobyspeeks

    I hope they found my keys.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  3. Paul McCartney

    OK, the rumors of my demise weren't so exaggerated after all. Just let it be, will ya?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Bruce

      After reading all the posts here of people belittling others and pushing their political views your post was a breath of fresh air and made me laugh out loud. Thank you!

      November 22, 2012 at 8:27 am |
      • mbatamerisafe

        They found the first Twinkie. Still eatable. Ummm good.

        November 23, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  4. roadrunner321

    So that's where she ended up.

    Amelia Earhart was waaaay off course.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  5. Navyvet8192

    I bet it's an animal fossil or bone of some type. If it is, that pretty much blows the whole religious theory of GOD, Adam, Eve, & the like right out of the water. It's either that or they found a billion year old predecessor to the iPad. :-)

    November 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • kwest

      While I believe in evolution and not in the literal Adam and Eve story, you don't seem to realize that the creation story in the Bible is a parable and a local story (i.e. Earth). Sure it starts with the Big band but quickly drills down to the creation of our solar system and the Earth.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • MDATB

        We can explain how the earth was born.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • capnmike

        Too many brainwashed fools take it literally

        November 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • Really?

        We could have saved billions. Just ask any GOP religious nut how old the Earth is and its a free answer.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
      • Btea5503

        I don't think the creation story is a parable at all. From The bible tells us that from these tow beings , came the fathers of many of the middle eastern nations. This is something evolution cannot tell us, but the bible foundations of many of the middle eastern nations. Something evolution cannot explain, but the bible can. From Abraham and Sarah came the Palestenians, from Abraham and Sarah came Isaac, the beginning of the nation of Israel and the Israelites.. The bible gives the history of man from the beginning to the end. Evolution cannot give us anything about the history of man. The conflict between these two, can be traced back to the bible.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • Phor

        Did the story start with Glenn Miller or Benny Goodman?

        November 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        'The bible gives the history of man from the beginning to the end.'

        dont be silly.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • dotmo

        I'm glad you put all your faith in a story...because that is all it is! I'll write you a story and you can base your entire life on it.like all the rest of the tards that are unable to think for themselves. Your references to the bible use stories from men that, in their day, were seen as enemies of the state. "On the third day he rose again..." ok, so he's a zombie.....your move

        November 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • chyrd

        The problem with not taking the genesis story literally is that if you don't then there was no need for the sacrifice of Jesus.

        November 22, 2012 at 8:47 am |
      • Bill

        Common, the history of man? Man had existed for a long time before the Bible was written! The Bible is a tale, not even history book. It does have value if you read it as a tale. But to life by it and guide moral by it 2000 years later is pretty dangerous.

        November 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • MDATB

      yeah.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Rich

      So tell me how it would shatter it?

      Nowhere in the Bible does it say that life can't exist elsewhere

      Don't make the mistake of limiting what God can do

      November 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
      • MDATB

        The Bible has yet not no evidence for god or creationism.Stop the topic.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
      • Craig

        It's not that discovery of life, or the conditions suitable for life, would shatter the Bible. You're correct that the Bible does not actually say there cannot be life elsewhere. However, like many other things that are not mentioned in the Bible, the hard-core fundamental Christians BELIEVE that's what the Bible says. If you kick out one of the most basic tenets of their faith with actual facts, they're left to wonder what else they believe might be wrong. It's just more of the "young earth" mentality, based upon somebody's reading of a book created by a bunch of men, few of whom witnessed first-hand the things they wrote about. Nowhere did Jesus, at least according to the Bible, ever say anything about when life begins, nor did he speak about an obligation to hate the Gays, but that hasn't stopped "his church" from adopting rules about things like that.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • uckermanf

        Christians are always playing this revisionist game. "We didn't say that." "The Bible doesn't say this." "This can be explained from this passage, which just yesterday we were interpreting in a completely different way." GIVE IT UP ALREADY! If you would learn to keep your religious beliefs PERSONAL, and stop trying to explain the physical world with it, you wouldn't have to be doing this kind of back-pedaling and after-the-fact justification every time science shows your views to be completely wrong. The fact of the matter is that Christians have been claiming FOREVER that life exists on Earth only. They have staunchly argued against live being anywhere else in the universe. Now you guys are trying to claim that you never thought this and that such a view isn't actually Biblical. Do you honestly think all of the rest of us are so stupid that we don't recall what you people have been saying all this time? Every time you open your mouths, you sound less and less intelligent. Just stop it already!

        November 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
      • BurningMan

        Profound consequences for theology should life be conclusively detected.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
      • Piperman

        Maybe the bible doesnlt say that, but Cardinal Bellarmine, with the authority of the Catholic Church behind him, had astronomer Giordano Bruno burned at the stake for speculating that intelligent life might exist elsewhere in the universe. Brune was a contemperary of Galileo.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • Jason

        Nowhere in the Bible does it mention the Bible.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
      • Bill

        There are fundamental implications for religion. Theologists can no longer claim that god crated Earth and life for man, and some might even say that allow evolution of man. Of course you can come up with a new religion such as scientology and claim that god created many planet and threw up a dice and said let there be bacteria on Mars and let there be man on Earth. But the very fact is that there are no facts, no evidence that would support any god. Unfortunately, it will take a long time to rid of god from the human mind.

        November 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • regertz

      I don't think there'd be much wait to announce an identifiable fossil. It's more likely traces of organic compounds...And what would really be interesting is if the compounds are undamaged by UV...Meaning they're either well buried or being reproduced by an active source. Nice if Viking turns out to have been right all along, eh?

      November 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
      • Leaf

        Viking landed in Greenland 1000 years ago. We saw the buildings. What a waste of $2.5B.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • Bill

        Leaf is another god loving idiot. Read the posts above. How much are we spending a day on Afghanistan?

        November 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • bill

        Vikings will be proven to be as accurate as any , in storytelling !

        November 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Matt

      No... Not a fossil. Maybe traces of methane that would prove bacteria once existed.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • Toljaso

        Methane occurs totally naturally, such as on the surface of Saturn or Neptune. You're probably watching too much Dora the explorer or Bill Nye the Science guy for thinking something like that.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • mary

      How can anything they find anywhere "disprove" the existence of a creator?
      Some keep saying people of faith can't prove a creator exists.. The same holds true for science.
      How can science that has yet to step foot further than the moon.. Or see further than a probe has gone.. Claim there is absolutely NO creator out there?
      Its simply arrogance on the part of science to trust that they will eventually come up with the proof.. And in the meantime just believe that they say they will prove it some day.
      So ??
      Isn't believing in science "faith based" also?
      You believe some day science will prove he does not exist.. Those of faith believe some day God himself will prove he does.
      Faith.. All Faith..

      November 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
      • cedar rapids

        'How can science that has yet to step foot further than the moon.. Or see further than a probe has gone.. Claim there is absolutely NO creator out there?
        Its simply arrogance on the part of science to trust that they will eventually come up with the proof.. And in the meantime just believe that they say they will prove it some day.
        So ??'

        show me where science claims that they will one day prove there is no god. we'll wait.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
      • Piperman

        Belief (faith if you want to call it that) in a deterministic universe (at least on the Newtonian level) is not the same thing as belief in a supernatural power.
        We can demonstrate that F=MA, E=IR, etc. Proof of a supernatural power relies heavily on syllogistic logic. That was how the Catholic Church 'proved' that Galileo was wrong.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • Colorado

        Actually scientist do agree that when the BIG BANG occurred that something could not be made from nothing and that there had to be something to create that "Explosion" that started the universe. The fact is scientists will not say yes or no to the existence of a God but they will not refute Religious Philosophers because of this fact..You have to have something to create something and something cannot be created out of nothing...I am a pantheist and I have to agree with this statement as well.

        November 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • albert

        What a lot of the make pretend scientists posting here hate to admit, is that given the same "Mountain of Evidence", there are many scientists that DO believe in a God, or Creator if you will. And yes, science is a form of religion. Complete with Gods and prophets that people follow on faith alone.

        November 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
      • itscompton

        Its very interesting that you refer to the supreme being in the masculine gender Mary. Did your personal spirituality tell you God is male or did your inculcatoin to a cult tell you that?

        November 22, 2012 at 12:11 am |
      • sidairfoil

        Science doesn't have to prove that there is no creator. Believers have to prove that there is one. The burden of proof is on the person making the positive claim. Arbitrary assertions like "god exists" are not true until proven false, they are false until proven true. This common sense. Or maybe not so common after all.

        Sid

        November 22, 2012 at 6:32 am |
      • stout7735

        I can prove that the virgin birth is bunk....

        November 22, 2012 at 8:14 am |
      • Bill

        Faith is when you believe in and accept something in the absence of evidence and often to the contrary of evidence. You do not understand how science works. Science generates facts and then theories. If a theory describes well the facts scientists accept it as a valid theory. But if new facts come in that contradict the theory scientists immediately reject the theory. Another scientist will eventually come up with a better theory and the whole thing progresses. This is why your cell phone, TC, internet, car efficiency get better and better and new things come up. Where is the faith here? You never change your idea about things in the world, only when science comes up with something and sometimes even then you don't accept the facts such as evolution. Before you talk about science please read and understand how it works! The religious mind is rigid and static unable to accept new facts and quite frankly reality. Finally, I should say something about who needs proof of god. It's you. But we can do better. If you assume god exists as in the bible then there should be miracles all the time, he should listen to the prayer, but there is no evidence of praying help anybody. Thus, when there should be obvious evidence of god, the lack of the slightest evidence support of non-existence of god.

        November 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
      • huh

        UNIVERSAL, thats my answer, the birds, Bees, mammals, we all something in common. To populate and move on. If the universe has been here for a Zillion years, then why have we not made contact with other civilizations. You would think other civilizations would have conquered the universe and populated and or made contact wth us or we would have seen a sign. Ok, well, maybe all the blurry videos we've seen of UFO's. Why just one Earth in this Solar System. Whats the big secret. Is this a big mean game with Earth. Answer: there is nothing out there.

        November 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Alicia

        Ummm NO Sid...it doesn't work that way. Christians are the "messengers". It's up to you to find God...that's if you have the "need" to know the truth. That's how the rest of us found him. Stop depending on people to do everything for you and stand up for a change.

        November 22, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • Rick Springfield

      They say its a dry heat.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • R

      The big Bang theory is actually a catholic idea. Georges Lemaître was one of the originators.

      Literal Creationists tend to be the "simpler" evangelists types.

      November 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • Sane Person

      The bible is nothing more than a fairy tale

      November 22, 2012 at 10:04 am |
    • Newsurak

      Oh, I hope it's fossilized bone or wood. That would be SO cool!

      November 22, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Ali

      And how would it do that?... the bible doesn't speak about what God did with his creation other than here, Earth, besides, how would it be pertinent to saving your soul?. Dummy.

      November 22, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  6. Blind Guy

    I hope they found Waldo because i can never find him in those stupid books..

    November 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • Frozen Tundra

      Waldo is in Pittsburgh, I saw it on MNF.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  7. Chet

    So hope they found my car keys and wallet. I really should be more careful where I drop them.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  8. El Man

    They found an alien artifact.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Tom

      I work for NASA, and yes, you are on the right track...

      November 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
      • MDATB

        Not yet identified.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
      • Lee Allaben

        That would be too cool, an alien artifact.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • hello

        they found... hummm.... a statue of mother Mars... with her big boobs, belly and butt....
        Mama Mars..... men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus. its the other way around.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • 4spdstick

        so the face is real after all. i KNEW it!

        November 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  9. Tom

    They found "The Book of Mormon."

    November 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Kevin

      Dumb de Dumb dumb dumb! Perhaps the Mormons are waiting eagerly for the announcement that life exists on Mars so they can get an early start on what promises to be the longest bike ride in history.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  10. Dustin

    Results are to be announced December 22nd.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Kevin

      Are they trying to get all of the End of The World Crazies whipped up into a frenzy? The probe into a pristine Lake under Antarctica is also underway and the first samples will be brought to the surface on the 18th of December. Both could produce some exiting new discoveries.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Alien from Alfa Centuria

      President O'bama is gonna apologize first and then tell everyone he knows first hand that he now knows where Mohammad lives.

      Actually I hope they found something really exciting like Alien remains.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • hello

        on Mars we are the aliens... not Martians.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  11. jakku

    Maybe they discovered that Elvis lived on Mars and maybe still around somewhere.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  12. oneSTARman

    UNFORTUNATELY – unlike US a Scientist working on Analyzing Data would find a Reading of 2.3 instead of 2.4 to be 'Earth-shattering' we MAY be Underwhelmed.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jim

      This is because of your lack of understanding of... anything, apparently.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • Dave

      Why do you capitalize random words?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • Michael-VA

        Maybe Tourette's?

        November 22, 2012 at 1:54 am |
  13. OOps

    they found JESUS CHRIST?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Phor

      Yes, they found cheese & rice.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Mike

      Jimmy Hoffa?

      November 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  14. emcsqrd

    Forrest, Forrest Gump......?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  15. ianjay

    A Mars Bar?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  16. Name*ManOnMars

    They have to wait to speak about it bc they have to get clearance from the government to let us know that humans can breathe on Mars. I'll bet when they explore the area that isn't visible to us, they will find life on Mars but we won't hear about it.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Poster #1973

      You are in need of professional help and a science textbook.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
      • Matt

        In which order?

        November 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  17. BILLY

    MOM? IS THAT YOU?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Erica

    Maybe they found Jimmy Hoffa...

    November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  19. T

    Martian Manhunter's secret cupboard of Oreo cookies ?
    Evidence that the Jupiter 2 crash landed there ?
    An abandoned stargate ?
    Marvin the Martian's vacation spot ?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • D

      Megatron's outhouse?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  20. Catori

    Lots of people thinking "they found........". Maybe they discovered some physical property that differs from expectations ?

    But it was said they'd found signs of water, because a fluid appeared to have carved out terrain. But no-one EVERY gave evidence specifically indicating that water did it – as opposed to some other liquid.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • just some guy

      Mars: urinal of the gods

      November 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  21. Warped One

    "Thank you, NASA, for finally finding the real killers."
    –O.J. Simpson

    November 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Francisco DeCastro

    Well, I do hear Mitt Romney is hiding.. Where in the world is Mitt? I wonder if he is hiding in Mars.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  23. Striker

    lIKE OMG they found chemicals......wooopty flipping doda its everywhere. Show me something worth wanting to see.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • EpicSnail

      You are an idiot.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Matt

        Only idiots call other people idiots. Idiot.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Confucius

      And you're expecting what?

      November 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  24. High Way

    If they find microscopic fossils, then that would be news. It would change our perception that we are not alone out there. It would put our beliefs into question, especially the religious ones.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Confucius

      It would also point to the undeniable evidence that one day we will be doomed if we don't take care of our planet.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
      • christjogger

        We are doomed. The sun will eventually go supernova and all will be lost.

        November 21, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • Sunil

      Actually our religious beliefs are ALREADY in question!

      November 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • capnmike

      Religion is a crock of crap and lies anyway...it's about time we tossed it onto the trash heap of History where it belongs.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • Tom

        Ok ant...

        November 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
      • Alan

        You say that now. But the day and time will come when you and others like you will pray to God to save your life or someone you love (wife or kid) or maybe when you are really down and need some spirited up lifting to help you cope with life itself. I truly feel sorry for your disbelief in the Lord as you will regret it some day.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • pwilli

        Alan, so we should believe in God so when bad things happen, which they will, agreed, we will have have something other than ourselves to protect us? That doesn't sound like faith to me. More like hedging your bets or car insurance.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Alicia

        capmike....typical atheist statement. Old, boring, find something revolutionary to say. Thank you.

        November 22, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Matt

      I don't see how it would affect religious beliefs any differently than the theory of evolution did.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  25. Big Rich

    They Found a stargae

    November 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  26. Al Gore

    My personality

    November 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • Bob

      So they found nothing then? ;)

      November 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
  27. Mbolz

    They are excit3ed to report that they found a Starbucks drive through, the hang up is that they are waiting for the nonfat vanilla latte to finish being made before they report it.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  28. Kevin

    They are waiting to say anything because if they say what they think they see and are wrong then every anti-science, conspiracy minded, my religion tells me all I need to know even though the odds of choosing the right God out of the thousands of previous and current Gods religious zealots will use this error as an example of how science is bogus until the end of time.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • sam

      kevin, god is myth.your delussions are bogus

      November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • EpicSnail

        Much like your spelling ability.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Kevin

        Perhaps he tried to use sarcasm? At no point during my ramble did I elude to the belief of God.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
      • Sunil

        Guess it must be tough for you to make sense out of long sentences.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  29. MrHanson

    Well life is so simple. Just a a little bit of water and shazam! Complex organisms will pop into existence, with no apparent purpose whatsoever. These organisms will be complete with nervous systems, eyes, digestive systems, articulated limbs, etc.... and scientists will say evolution did it and if you disagree with them, you will be called an idiot. They will probably find fossils of very similar organisms to those of the cambrian explosion and the similarities will be a result of 'convergent evolution'. If you can believe that the Katydid evolved a very similar auditory system similar to ours through a mindless, chance process, you can believe anything. Hey stuff happens and evolution is real science and not faith.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • watchfuliiiii

      With your beautiful explination of the theory of evolution it is no wonder you don't accept it. Actually your probably right there is a big invisible guy in the clouds that we are all gonna meet someday and bad people go to a big firey place where everybody is mean. Yeah that sounds like it. Nice and simple. Like you.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Kevin

      I love how someone tries to dispel all Scientific knowledge/research while using a computer...............

      November 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Kevin

      I would be angry as well because the Christian belief has always been that Life is limited to Earth. To find evidence of Life on Mars will force religious leaders to backtrack and "reinterpret" the good book once again.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
      • Name*aj

        Y kind of life anywhere in this univerNot actually... The many factions of Christianity have come to this conclusion. The early Church which evolved to the Roman Church and now to modern Catholicism applauds the possibility of outside of Earth life, evolutionary growth by understanding that God being the eternal pusher or giver has the ability to create life anywhere in this universe as we understand it to be.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
      • MDATB

        It is not by god.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
      • Xavier

        Here's one for you, Kevin: the Bible never states that God only created life on Earth. It only speaks to what is here. The interpretation of "We are it" seems to be an assumption and not a statement from the Bible. And I'm not sure omission of any comment on it in the Bible has a direct relation to absence of life elsewhere. Perhaps God only wanted us to be concerned with Earth......because He knew we would ultimately screw it up.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
      • NyNick

        Kevin, where are you getting your facts from?
        Life as we know it, doesnt mean it is as God knows it. So before you make bogus claims, speak with someone who is educated in the faith, and dont listen to what the media says, for if they lie about earthly matters, how much more then would they lie about heavenly matters that they have no knowledge of?
        God Bless you .

        November 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
      • kwest

        Kevin, You're wrong. The Biblical creation story is a PARABLE of how life began on Earth. As I posted earlier the story is local to Earth; it starts with the Big Bang, drills down to our solar system and then Earth. Life began in the sea, moved to the land, and one day people showed up. Once they became self-ware, they screwed the place up. Sounds pretty accurate to me,

        So Christianity, nor any other religion, needs to be revamped if evidence of life is discovered else where. They may need to be revamped, but that is another discussion.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
      • Roger

        I have been a Christian for a long time, protestant, not catholic, and I don't recall ever being taught or hearing in a sermon that a basic tenet of Christianity is that we must be alone in the universe. You are obviously not a Christian, so you may want to consider refraining from commenting on something of which you know absolutely nothing about.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        "the Christian belief has always been that Life is limited to Earth."

        Uh, no it hasn't. In fact, I'm not aware of any Christian doctrine that holds such beliefs.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
      • Btea5503

        If there is life, it wouldn't be in this universe because, this universe was cursed do to sin that Adam and Eve committed. it didn't just affect just all of man kind, but the entire universe. That is why stars burn out after eons, galaxies collide, black holes. The bible and science agree that this universe is winding down. I truly believe that God tried this again outside of the universe we live in, but this time that Adam and Eve if they were named that obeyed! What is the chance of man coming in contact of this sinless life, zero. He would not let that happen! Just my opinion..

        November 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
      • just me

        It is hilarious to watch the religous scramble to cover their collectiv azz even before any announcment is made. "We didnt say that!" Yes you did. "That's not what we meant." It was yesterday. etc.. etc.. etc.

        November 22, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • jakku

      Evolution happens everywhere. The primordial soup did not have complex organisms but very simple ones (from fossilised records). Also, as we evolve stuff that we do not find usefull tends to die off. For example, more and more people find religion useless (the latest polls show atheism increasing dramatically) when they have more believable and plausible explanations from science. That is part of the evolution of a civilization. Hence, you are a dying breed. If you want to be part of human development, try reading up on evlution

      November 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Knothead

        Its interesting that you say this about the rise of atheism. This type of event is predicted in that outdated old book.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • toktu

        @knothead of course it was predicited in that book. If you tell a lie sooner or later, it will come out. Religion has always been about power to control others. No mater what religion it was all the way back to the witch doctor of cave men times. You can still see it in the tribes of the Amazon. The pharaohs even claimed to be gods or Xerxes and countless others.

        November 22, 2012 at 5:14 am |
    • Poster #1973

      If that post represents your understanding of chemistry, biology, and physics it's no wonder you mistakenly think that biological evolution is something you can choose to "believe" or "not believe". I'm sure a lot of things must seem like magic to you.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • Lee Allaben

        You mean it's not all magic?

        November 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • tobyspeeks

      Your comment is riddled with contradictions. What does that remind me of??? Oh yeah, religion and the bible.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • NyNick

        Your entire life is a contradiction. For you have lied and acted selfishly, and by acknowledging that, by default u give acknowledgment that a moral standard of good truly exists and that you havent always lived according to it. and that Moral law exists in us, yet we cannot explain it neither can science-just as science cannot explain the purpose of a rock beyond what it observess the rock doing. So cant we explain what is above and beyond the Moral Law. Therefore, by saying the bible is contradictory, you actually judge yourself.
        So before you judge others, look in the mirror.
        God bless you.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • MDATB

        They can.Religion cannot get details.Volcanologists cannot detects earthquake swarms with the bible.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • Sunil

      Wow! You must be a genius! Tell me you are making millions of dollars at a cutting edge technology company because of your genius in disproving our entire scientific knowledge through simple access to a PC and keyboard.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Ed

      you are an idiot.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Moro

      'Believers' used to slaughter their children in the hope that it would make the Gods happy so they would send some rain. They probably read the book of Moron or something like it.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Knothead

      MrHanson, your words sound like a perfect reason to believe in creationism rather than random events evolution. I'm not sure where you were going with that.

      November 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Matt

      Unlikely. The atmosphere was never probably thick enough to support much more than bacteria.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Sciguy73

      Life exists because it can. Everything in the universe that is not forbidden by the laws of physics is compulsory, somewhere, sometime. Life's 'purpose' is to reproduce and continue existing. Any chemistry based transient organism that has a different purpose doesn't live long and ceases to exist.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  30. watchfuliiiii

    It's probably just that ball that Albert Pujols hit against the Astros in the playoffs a few years back.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  31. clown

    This will probably be like the Moon landing, they probably planted something and then say "oh look what we found on Mars".

    November 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Stephen

      Hmmmm. Clown. How appropriate.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Sunil

      So we went to the moon to plant something?

      November 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  32. JBen

    SPOCK?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  33. karek40

    The shiny things they found were the shells of some crusation from when there was water. We spent billions to find out clams on Mars had legs. LOL

    November 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • agentxyz

      I agree. Science is such a stupid waste of time.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • Lee Allaben

        Your science teachers throughout your schooling did you a great disservice as so many who should not be teaching still are. I feel sorry for you because science is so facinnating.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
      • Matt

        A popular opinion among the underemployed.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
      • Letsgetthere

        And this stupid science is what allowed you to type on your computer, ipod, search the internet, talk on your phone, drive your car and yes give you the clothing you wear or perhaps a bank account. But you wouldn't get that.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Johnny 5

      Findings like these may save our planets life as a whole. Mars was once like earth and look at it now. Billions spent will save your life, no matter how stupid you are.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Poster #1973

      Oh, you're one of those people. How sad. You live in the age of instant information yet you do not have any. You choose not to have any. For example, you choose not to know that NASA's budget represents less than 1% of what the federal government spends every year. You cry about the 2.6 billion we spent on this but not the 600+ billion we spend every year on the military. There's just no helping people who are willfully ignorant.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • chattykathy101

        President Obama just gave 6 BILLION (not 2.5 B) but six billion dollars to China for them to have clean energy. How can anyone complain about how the working people's tax dollars are spent when we just give it away. Billions to black farmers!!! Billions to China!!! May as well give billions to NASA.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Dom

      Wow – you are stupid. Without science what would you have? Not that smart phone, computer, microwave, car or anything else you use everyday. Without sceince we would be back in the stone age – maybe you belong there. Think about it – humans are only differnt now verses the stone age due to science.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Mabel

      Crusation?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • bro

        short for cruise vacation

        November 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  34. Rich

    The religious right and islamic extremist fear. Curiosity will finally confirm that all religions are based on man made concepts. Religion was established by wealthy to control the poor. The fear of God has been used to control society and keep the status quo. As an agnostic, I am open to a God, but understand that it can't be proven with science. I do feel we are all energy and the universe doesn't waste anything. Religion defines this as a soul and science has been working to prove life can be explained, but hasn't been able to prove it. If it takes the fear of God to make you a better person, go for it. God may be the answer because it is easy. I for one would take the study of science and the search for truth. If that truth is God, I am open to it. But don't pressure science for trying to search for answers.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • agentxyz

      I'm agnostic - I'm open to Leprechaun on the backs of flying lizards.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • NyNick

      Hello Rich.
      there is a God, and His name is Jesus Christ. Now the job of science is not to explain the purpose beyond the actual facts observed. Science is the study of what already exists, the chemical/atomic make-up of things and how they behav. Humans on the other hand give acknowledgment to something above and beyond what we see. The moral law being one of them. Truth be told, if this universe had no god, then it would have no purpose, and humans being just a peice of the purposeless picture would not even have ever questioned whether there was a purpose or not. So before you go off and make science your god, sit and pray. God Bless you.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Howie

        The only place you are going to find a 'purpose' is within yourself. If you are so empty that you need to imagine a 'god' in order to have meaning in your life, then I pity you. Don't bother praying, nothing is listening. Meditate if you want, but know it for what it is.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
      • Aj

        Not sure if Howie gets it.. We are finite creatures therefore we can't create ourselves so thus what is our true purpose... Well anyways we can let him chew on that for awhile. They offer intro to philosophy at the local colleges hopefully he takes a course

        November 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
      • PepPep

        Yeah, moral law, like The Crusades. That was an incredibly moral time, all in the name of God (sarcasm, if that wasn't sarcastic enough for ya). And Jesus Christ was the son of God and Mary. You may be confusing "God" with "Lord". Jesus was essentially a demigod, like Perseus or Theseus (see MYTHOLOGY). He was, by no means, God. That would mean that he was responsible for his own "birth", which would contradict his existence. And I doubt prayer is going to change any agnostic's/atheist's mind on a belief in a "higher being". It'll probably just make them feel silly...

        November 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        "there is a God, and His name is Jesus Christ."

        This statement would be considered heretical and blasphemous by every Christian sect – past, present and future. It belies a deep, fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
      • Sciguy73

        Gee and here I thought Jesus was supposed to be the son of god all this time. Could you please get together and get your story straight? Thank you.

        November 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
      • chattykathy101

        But, according to the Bible, Jesus kept saying, over and over, I am God's son - never claimed to be the father (creator). Man made Jesus to be God, but the Bible didn't.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:28 am |
      • really

        ....thought Jesus was the SON of God..... I see why you guys liked Romney so much..... he keeps changing his lies, too!

        November 22, 2012 at 9:39 am |
      • really

        Now explain why we HAVE to have a purpose......we just are...

        November 22, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • really

        Yeah, let's start a religion based on the raping of another man's wife.....oops, already been done!

        November 22, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • really

        Good moral code.....Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife...... but I can!

        November 22, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • RichP

      I'm going to go with you on open mind but there is a good chance it will be those mismatched socks... :-))

      November 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • NyNick

      Howie,
      May the Lord open your heart and make you see how corrupt and radically depraved you really are as a humna being. The very fact that we have the ability to ponder whether we have a purpose or not is due to the reasoning that the very God you deny has given you. So, honestly, I pity you sir. God bless you. Seek Truth.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • really

        I used to be a humna being, but I decided it was more satisfying to be a HUMAN being......NyNick can't you spell at all? That is at least the 8th typo from you. Your intelligence(lack of) is showing.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:51 am |
      • stout7735

        Yea who is not radically depraved, cast the first stone....

        November 22, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Matt

      Religion was established well before wealthy people roamed the earth. It can be dated back to tribal and nomadic existence. There's nothing that the Mars rover could find that would change most people's views on religions. According to studies about 80% of all people are religious in some form and of those 60% believe in extra-terrestrial life. Evidence of life on other planets would not impact most people.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • really

        ....actually, the first caveman who had 6 sheepskins and 4 wives (probably a Mormon)was considered rich. In rich guy fashion, he probably stole the skins from a blind guy.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:56 am |
      • stout7735

        No, the rich caveman set up a hedge fund, became a corporate pirate, made a fortune in vulture capitalism, and ran for Presuident as a "successful businessman...

        November 22, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  35. dbw

    they found a hot steaming turd, and the rover stepped in it. Now it will take 6 months to scrape it off the wheel.

    November 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • johnnyd

      Haha!! I'm happy to see not everybody is so uptight.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • bro

      They found a twig last week. Those are good for digging out the grooves.

      November 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  36. Kevin

    They have discovered that the red dust is actually cinnamon?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  37. krosch

    maybe they found a decent head coach for the Cowboys.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • SteveB

      love it

      November 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Peter

      NASA has found Jimmy Hoffa.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
      • Catori

        I always said – Jimmy Hoffa & Howard Hughes faked the moon landing on Mars !

        November 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • EpicSnail

        You reached really deep for that one, eh Petey?

        November 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  38. Martian sub eaters unite

    I see another Quizno's franchise opportunity. Gotta be the 1st one to the market.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  39. Kevin

    They found the profits and stellar reviews for John Carter?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  40. wg2411

    Good News! A microscopic crystal of water was found by the rover. That mean's there is chance Mars can be inhabitad in 37 Billing years!!

    November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • accountant

      Billable years?

      November 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  41. Steve S

    Even if they did find intelligent life on Mars, the GOP would only complain because they are not 'Christians'!?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  42. Tony

    Costing 2.5 billion huh......Meanwhile, our fellow Americans are asked to help donate funds to help Hurricane Sandy victims....we have such a great country.....

    November 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • agentxyz

      Sandy schmandy. We could have plowed that money into the defense industry like the half of our budget

      November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Brian

      Moron.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • allawash

      Didn't they also spend like a trillion dollars over the last 30 or so years making those beaches that washed away when Sandy came along? Because a beach is high priority.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • ML

      The National Defense budget is $699 Billion Dollars!

      November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • chattykathy101

        Less than we gave the European Banks and Wall Street in the first bailout.

        November 22, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • RXTT

      why do people always say that? The NASA budget does not just dump money into a black hole a la defense budget which is BILLIONS A DAY. The 2.5 billion spent went to paying thousands of people their salaries, purchasing materials from dozens of American corporations and manufacturers, etc.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • just me

        Because they are idiots. Because they just dont get that the money was mostly spent on employees in this country. Because they are in extreme fear that once and for all, incontestable proof will emerge that shows their religious bs to be what it is, mind control. "do like I say, and not like I do.. or you will go to h..."

        November 22, 2012 at 12:30 am |
    • Catori

      Tony – NASA's budget is 1% of our military budget. Go clip 10% off the military & it'll be fine !

      November 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
      • deacon

        Since you and some others are so hell bent on cutting MORE military funds, don't come hiding behind us if we ever get invaded you ungreatful SOBs!

        P.S. I think this whole thing is pretty fascinating, and I'm not into science that much.

        November 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
      • beacon

        deacon's not into science. You can sure bet his beloved military is.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  43. E.W. Swan

    They found buried E.T. cartridges for the Atari 2600.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Carodor

      lol Angry Video Game Nerd!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  44. Me

    Now if they found proof that no life exists or has ever existed on Mars would they tell us?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Hooray

      I'm not quite sure that's possible. The door is always open to amazing discoveries, and just like the process of discovering one fossil for every billion organisms that have existed, sending one rover to tool around for a bit on the surface of mars can hardly be sufficient evidence to declare the nonexistence of life.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • agentxyz

      How would you prove a negative? Please tell us/

      November 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Sam I. Am

      Very difficult to prove that type of a negative... all it takes is a single microbe or fossil to prove the positive, but how would one prove none exists or ever did? "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

      November 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • Daremonai

      Proving a negative aside, that was the prevailing thought for decades. The reason they are looking at it again is that someone found a reason why the old experiments would produce false negatives.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  45. Booty

    Curiosity must have found a cat. And then promptly killed it.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • CommonVoice

      Excellent!!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Sam I. Am

      Best post so far today! :)

      November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • bdaniel3@ec.rr.com

      Best post of the year...more,more,please

      November 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Taylor L

      Haha!

      December 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  46. clinky

    Jimmy Hoffa, of course. Finally.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  47. stevelb1

    Human skeletal remains would be really cool.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  48. wg2411

    Why doesn't man learn how to take care of Earth and cap oil wells before venturing with trillions of money and years on hope of living somewhere else on another planet. Hasn't it occured to anyone that Mars does not have a shield like Earth and Meteorites pound that place all the time? I'd rather tough out a hurricane.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • agentxyz

      Hasn't it occurred to anyone how many people have pounded your mom?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
      • Matt

        How dare you talk about the mother of some of my children that way. His mother is the sweetest and most affordable woman I know.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • RD2

      Earth has a shield? Like the death star? I hope we have all the exhaust vents covered so some hotshot jedi doesn't lob a bomb down it and blow us up.

      There are other purposes for the rover than expectations of colonizing mars.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Ray

      Mars may not have a magnetosphere today .. and the atmosphere may not be the same as earth .. but it is NOT constantly pounded by meteorites. Regardless .. the purpose is to discover whether life ever existed on Mars .. not whether we want to go vacation there. If we found proof of this it would tell us a lot about the prevalence of life in the universe. Two side by side planets where life existed would mean that it's not as rare an occurence as we once thought.

      November 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  49. Wes

    I hope they found my old eight-track of Led Zeppelin II. I lost it a long time ago... possibly in an old Chevy Nova. Mars is the only place I didn't look.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • ann

      ha!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  50. taxman

    They found out that Santa Claus really did conquor Mars right after the Martians sent scouting teams here because they needed Earth women

    November 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  51. don quixote

    They found skinny Oprah and straight Anderson Cooper in a parallel universe wormhole. LOL

    November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • agentxyz

      How about a straight Oprah and a fat Anderson Cooper?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • just me

        Straight Opra is an oxymoron. A complete impossibility.

        November 22, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  52. Phaedrus

    A Twinkie?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  53. mac

    Jimmy Hoffa?

    November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  54. RSFan

    They found a republican with a sense of decency and compassion.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • JeffD

      I think they'd have to go a little further.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Joe

      Or maybe a Democrat that doesn't want a handout.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • Mina

        not all democrats want a hand out

        November 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • imvotingforObama

        Well they don't have to go far becaues I do not want or need a handout and I am a veteran. Are you?

        November 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • Newt Gingrich

        A Republican screamed at Paul Ryan: Get your gov't hands off my Medicare!

        November 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • karek40

        Hey Joe, ask Mina for stats, my guess would be 1 in a 100 don't want a hand out.

        November 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • PushingBack

      Don't be absurd!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • John

      Maybe it was a democrat that's not an athiest..

      November 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • Mina

        and what is wrong with being a democrat and an atheist ????

        November 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • agentxyz

        If prayer were effective all us democrats and atheists would be dead

        November 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • perrochato

        Some children develop normally and stop believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny after 1st grade, I guess believing in magic never goes away for Republicans,

        November 21, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • Chicago7

      @RSFan Enough with the far-fetched science-fiction okay? Sheesh!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Matt

      Or maybe they found a democrat with a sense of personal responsibility.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  55. Dino

    I hope they are not trying to get us excited about some unusual dirt again to keep the funding going. While the general public is anticipating Marty the martian with antennas and all, the scientists would get just as excited over some fossilized bacteria.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      The funding for Curiosity is already long since secured. Although it is entirely possible that what a team of scientists gets excited about isn't something you will get excited about.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • agentxyz

      To paraphrase: All those boring scientists could find was the presence of life on a different planet. DWTS is so much more fun.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Hooray

      You are aware of what fossilized bacteria would mean aren't you?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • Phaedrus

        He may not be aware of what it would mean, but I bet there are a whole grunch of religious Apologists that are sweating how they will spin *this*....

        November 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Fritz

        I know what it means. If they find a fossilized bacterium or diatom the next planet over, it means life is a given, not a fluke. It arises wherever conditions allow. It means the whole freakin' Cosmos is alive!

        November 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
      • Matt

        People keep saying that finding evidence of alien life will have some impact on religion. Whio are they talking about? Most religious people are open to the possibility of alien life. Nothing in the Bible or Koran or any other Holy Book says that there is not life on other worlds.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Matt

      I would be excited by fossilized bacteria.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  56. FISH FRY

    We sure could use that $1B around the northeast right about now and not on MARS.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • palintwit

      Tea Party Patriots would call that 'socialism'. And we can't have any of that now.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • luke607

      Maybe use the $1,395,318,942,236 they spent on on war or maybe the 1 Trillion they spent on the war on drugs over the last 40 years. Nah, will just take money away from scientific research.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • freedom ring

        epic lol

        November 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
      • Professor

        I will see you 2 wars- one which did not need to be fought but which at least we won and the other which did need to be fought and the democrats were able to take over before we could win. Then I will raise you a yearly $800,000,000,000.00 "stimulus" package WHICH IS ALREADY MORE THAN THE WARS and adds to the deficit every year.......

        November 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Matt

      Actually the Northeast could use a good pay cut.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Sciguy73

      The "$1B" you talk about isn't stuffed in a compartment on the rover you know. It was paid to thousands of engineers, scientists, programmers, machinists, managers, and others who designed, built, tested, flew and drove the rover. It paid for JOBS. Get your head out of your posterior.

      November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  57. agentxyz

    They found that Mars was created in 6 days 6000 years ago

    November 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Matt

      Maybe they found that the universe was created by athiest robots who were themselves created by other athiest robots who engineered the big bang with a stick of bubble gum that came from nowhere.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  58. Phor

    They found Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  59. nrt

    Amelia Earhart

    November 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  60. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

    They found a dance partner that could lift Bristol Palin when she appears on DWTS.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • ca2011

      Or we could have her do the dancing on Mars, there's less gravity over there. And not tell her we are not coming back for her. While at it, we could also send Snooki to join her and save her son the shame.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • Sam I. Am

        There has to be something in the Prime Directive against this...

        November 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  61. jim

    They probably found a an empty Russian vodka bottle.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Pete

      Heh, Pioneer One was a good web series. Too bad no season two.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Deadhead4ever

      Now that's funny!

      November 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Matt

      They probably found fortune cookies

      November 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  62. Wastheredonethat

    Commander Christopher 'Kit' Draper. The lander actually crashed at the end of Robinson Crusoe on Mars but Paramount wanted a happy ending.

    November 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  63. RW

    They've found the ruins of a civilization that collapsed long ago due to the leadership of a true amateur. Among the ruins are signs with slogans such as "Change" and "Forward" (and tons of food stamp coupons). HHHHHmmmmmm.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • RandomHero

      Loser.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Newt Gingrich

      So that's where Ronald Reagan's remains went! LMAO

      November 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Chooch0253

      Just can't get over the fact that not everyone is as ignorant as those that call themselves "republican" can you?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Matt

        Can't get over the fact that the prison is being run by the inmates.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Hooray

      We all know what RW wants. More for him and NOTHING for everyone else. And while he does that, he'll talk about Jesus and America's 'greatness'

      November 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
      • karek40

        I certainly want to keep as much as I need (and I get to determine that amount) for my family. I don't mind helping others that are trying to help themselves but I do not want you to take it from me and my family to give to some that won't work. So I guess you are right.

        November 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
      • Matt

        Some Republicans hold their beliefs because they view redistribution as destructive to the economy, which causes a lack of opportunity and horrible living conditions. The idea that a socialist utopia exists never works out in reality. Thomas Jefferson once said that Democracy will cease when those who won't work are able to take from those who do. We're at that point.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • marsmotel

      That is the best one yet! Don't worry about those hippie loser Dumbocrats, who don't make enough money. Great thought

      November 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • pwilli

      Your dude lost. Get over it.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • scout

      Are you mad Bro?

      November 22, 2012 at 9:43 am |
  64. pace1983

    They found John Carter's bones.....

    November 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • reunion

      you mean jimmy hoffa

      November 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • Edgar Rice Burroughs

        You should read more.

        November 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • Edgar Rice Burroughs

        You need to read more.

        November 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  65. palintwit

    Ha! I've got news for all of you. Scientists at the prestigous Sarah Palin University are light years ahead of NASA on this one. They have already determined that Mars was once inhabited by an ancient race of Tea Party Patriots as evidenced by the remains of a prehistoric trailer park and adjoining nascar track. The discovery of skulls with only one tooth is further proof.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
  66. Pete

    My money's on "something relevant to an extremely specialized area of science that the general public will not be able to understand the real importance of."
    Breaking news! Nasa scientists discover a mineral on the surface of Mars with a zincblende crystal structure with seeds of boron!!

    November 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  67. RETIRED NASA ENGINEER

    silly ...... simple comments ....... shows why the U.S. is dead last ( in the wrold ) in science and engineering. If signs of life .... no matter how small .... is found ....... such evidence will be the greatest discovery of all times ...... and should be treated as such.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • jim

      I agree with you, but we have no idea if evidence of life is indeed what the news is. Another poster hit the nail on the head- NASA has been guilty of terrible PR, not explaining highly technical information in ways a lay person can understand or get excited about. A real shame, because what NASA has done in the last 40 years is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
      • Mike H.

        "it will be several weeks before the public may know anything further about the matter."
        In true NASA fashio, the general public is treated like a bunch of morons.

        November 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
      • Knothead

        Mike H.,
        The sad truth is that the majority of people are a bunch of morons and need to be kept in the dark. A good example would be the people on The Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo, and The Turtle Man. What about the millions of people who watch these shows regularly? If they (NASA) leaked a little information on what they found, no matter how many times they said; "it requires more research", "more information is needed" or even "it looks like...", somebody would treat it like its already a fact, would twist it, and would run wild with it like its a done deal.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • EPUnum1

      Engineers are sooo cerebral. Lighten up, some of these comments are actually funny. I'm still waiting for NASA to declare they found intelligent life here.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • just me

        We have researched your entire planet earthling. There is no intelligent life to be found here. Moving on to Mars.

        November 22, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • Ronald

      Really?? And I thought that landing a Mini Cooper sized nuclear powered laser rover with a built in chemistry lab made us FIRST in science and engineering.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        You obviously don't loathe yourself sufficiently.

        November 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • EPUnum1

      In all fairness to you and joking aside, it will probably be something of the caliber as spherule. Some clue that leads to a clue.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Dave

      Find a sense of humor and a clue in retirement. I would be willing to bet the United States is ahead of Ethiopia in terms of Science and Engineering. You sound like another angry liberal. Besides, we all know that NASA discovered the final resting place of Jimmy Hoffa.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      "shows why the U.S. is dead last ( in the wrold ) in science and engineering."

      Thanks for moving us down a peg in the spelling rankings.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Knothead

        Assuming these polls come from the US itself, maybe the only thing we are bad at is producing ranking polls.

        November 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • humtake

      Sigh...another person who thinks America is terrible at everything. America is still the leader in almost every aspect of society. The problem is people like you look at a rankings list and don't see America at #1 and think we are terrible at it. For instance, education. We do not rank high in worldwide education, yet most education techniques that the modern world uses were derived from America. This is how it is in most fields. We don't perfect everything, but we innovate and mainstream ideas that nobody else can.

      Sure, America isn't the best at everything. There is no need for us to be. Nobody needs to be #1 in everything. But as long as a country is contributing to the world with ideas and innovations, then that country is doing service to others. Complaining about everything and whining like a little baby that we aren't number 1 in everything means two things...one, you are a hippy Liberal who only knows how to whine and complain and two, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Do something, don't whine.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • Daremonai

        Interesting assumption that the person is a liberal. I often hear conservatives talk about how America is 'falling' and other such rhetoric around the idea that we are no longer best.

        Implicit in any such post is the poster having some idea that 'we would be best if XYZ'.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        That you would immediately assume liberal, and even go so far as to call them hippy, shows that you are in fact part of the problem, not them.

        November 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
    • 4spdstick

      nasa already knows there has been life on mars. they probably know exactly what happened to the atmosphere and civilizations that existed there.
      they release tantalizing tidbits of information to the public from time to time to keep their funding going.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • The Silent Majority

      I miss the good old days when ftards kept their mouths shut for fear of showing they were one. Unfortunately, the t-party, fox, and evangelicals have led them to believe everyone else is also a ftard who shares in their idiotic beliefs.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
    • Matt

      You're a bit of an exaggerator. In studies on this topic U.S. students tend to finish around 16th out of more than 250 countries. That's not the bottom. Maybe your username should be FIRED NASA ENGINEER PRETENDING TO BE RETIRED

      November 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Matt

      P.S. if you think that U.S. students test below students from countries like Botswana, Peru, and Mexico you're smoking crack. You are one of those guys who just repeats stuff he hears at the bar without researching it.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  68. Jim

    They finally found marvin the martian

    November 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  69. edwardst35

    They found Obama's real birth certificate?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Veritas

      No, President Obama's real birth certificate can be found in the Hawiian Department of Health. Here is a link to it: http://msgboard.snopes.com/politics/graphics/longform.pdf . Do you Tea Klux Klan freaks have to insert your idiotic, irrelevant opinions into EVERY discussions?

      November 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • humtake

        Ahhh...how original...another Liberal who thinks it's ok for Liberals to bash EVERY politician they don't agree with and try to invalidate their position at every turn, but when it's done to you then you just call people names and make up ignorant statements. Never seen that before...

        November 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Rondo

      No it was his college transcripts.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • PushingBack

      A teapublican reading a science article?? I guess life on Mars is possible after all!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • aktap

        Teapublican, living proof that with Evolution Humans can both Evolve and DeEvolve!

        November 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • aktap

      I do have to wonder why so many (Republicans/God freaks) hang out here! Its not like any of them understand Science, Biology or even Math for that matter. Its all about faith with the Religious, so do why even post here? Its like watching little kids stomping they're feet and screaming NOT SO over and over. Look you guys lost, Obama won, Game over Man! I realy hope its life, real Martian life! talk about a one two punch to the Guts! The Religious right well never pull its self out of the ditch again, Amen.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  70. Ernest M.

    kilroy ...

    November 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  71. Ceri

    They found my wife's libido?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • chris

      LOL I hear you, brother!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  72. Alex

    They found Jimmy Hoffa?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • edwardst35

      If they found my mother in laws body I'm in trouble!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  73. ALAN FISCHER

    NASA NASA NASA That is all I read in the news papers–man landed on the mooh–BULL–that was all a put up deal between the United states and Russia–by doing this alot of money saved on both sides. Some of the NAS personnel were a bunch of over paid whiners–Their motto was -Why should we bother to do any work ? The goverment is paying us to come to meetings and to go out to lunch.. God bless my Mother country–Russia.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Patrick

      Lol,
      You do realize that the flags placed on the moon are now visible by orbiting telescopes right? I guess that is all a big hoax too. R

      November 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
      • agentxyz

        He believes the orbiting telescopes are fake

        November 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Cat

      Do your research before you make such an ignorant comment.
      You didn't even use any examples to back up what you said. Idiot.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • just me

      One word... stupidfreakingidiotwhohasnoconnectionwithrealityandinsistsonblowingbullcrapoutofhisazzinpublicplaces.

      November 22, 2012 at 1:11 am |
  74. Daniel

    Maybe they found my virginity. I lost it many years ago.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • dudemymom

      Lol. Nice one

      November 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  75. Warped One

    WMD

    November 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  76. larry

    they have found a little green man that has obamas dna proving once and for all Obama was not born in the usa

    November 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • CjoP

      Yeah.... DNA carries genetic information. Not information about where somebody was born.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  77. Rob

    "For several weeks in autumn (Earth-time)" Earth-time? I was unaware that the entire planet experiences autumn at the same time. FYI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effect_of_sun_angle_on_climate

    November 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • just me

      Wrong. Only half. The other half is enjoying spring.

      November 22, 2012 at 1:15 am |
  78. Marvin

    They found tire tracks, but first they want to follow them and see where they go.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  79. Jeff

    Mitt Romney's tax returns?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Raissouli

      No, we have Romney's tax returns now. It's Obama's birth certificate.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Bill Duke

        They found Joe Biden's village. They are still missing their idiot.

        November 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • edwardst35

        They found nude pictures of Nancy Pelosi.

        November 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • bam

      the ones he said he would show if Kennedy showed his then lied?

      November 21, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  80. Peter W

    They discovered that carbon based life was once common on Mars. That the ancient life found on Mars matches the profile of life on Earth. That the life on Mars was the basis for life on Earth.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Jesse from KC

      Sorry to break it to you. There's no way this much information could have been uncovered by this rover.

      Carbon based life on Mars? Maybe... But if there is life anywhere in the universe, the odds are HUGELY in favor that it will be carbon based. It's most reactive element (more reactive than all elements combined), as well as the most common element in the universe. If we discovered life 10 billion light years away, there's a 90% chance (give or take) it would be Carbon based.

      The basis for life on Earth? Maybe. Maybe not. But if we find signs of life on Mars, then suddenly life becomes something that can happen anywhere. When this happens, the odds of other evolved life forms in the Universe go from possible to probable, or maybe probable to near definite. It will be a HUGE discovery, if it is in fact what was found.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • Mr Foobar2u

        ", as well as the most common element in the universe", that would be hydrogen and not carbon..

        November 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Alex

        But if they dug into a pile of dirt and found a fossil or a bone or struck oil (which is created from the remains of past life) that could change the whole ballgame for us down here.

        November 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • Lizard

        To alex - since the instrument in question is a chemical analyzer, not a microscope, it wouldn't be the source of a discovery of any fossil. At most, it will have discovered chemical reactions that are a signature of present-day, not long-dead, life, which would be pretty incredible. The odds are better, though, that it's discovered evidence there was life, with present-day life still indeterminate.

        Frankly, I think we should be exploring the sub-surface oceans of Europa and Enceladus, as they are more likely to be active, living, environments. But it's also a lot more expensive and difficult to get there.

        November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • Carmen

        To Lizard – Out of curiosity why would it be more expensive to explore the oceans than another world. Is it because we haven't developed the technology for that yet?

        November 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Sam I. Am

        Carmen: Europa is a moon of Jupiter. Enceladus is a moon of Saturn. Both are covered in frozen water and likely have some liquid water beneath, thus possibly harboring life.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • Matt

        Basically nothing you said was accurate. Florine is the most reactive element, alkali metals in general are the next most reactive elements, and as pointed out hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. If the rover found traces of methane then this would be clear evidence of life on Mars at some point.

        November 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Dale

      Carbon units infest Enterprise.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  81. Jimbo

    Jimmy Hoffa

    November 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  82. knicksfan84

    They found evidence that Autobots and Decepticons DO EXIST. Prepare for invasion folks!

    November 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  83. Hawk in Texas

    They found that a republican controlled house destroyed all life on the planet. with drill baby drill. they fracked till they blew the planet up.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • JOHN SMITH

      You sir are a FRACKING IDIOT!!!

      November 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • Lipsy

        Brilliant

        November 22, 2012 at 6:47 am |
  84. Spaqcely

    Chlorophyl.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Bo

      More like BORE-ophyl

      November 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
      • JOHN SMITH

        lol Billy Madison.. I love it!

        November 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  85. Bob C

    They found Statue Liberty sticking up out of ground?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Gary

      They blew it up They really did it. Damn then all to hell.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • Sam I. Am

        Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!

        November 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  86. Pliny

    "A giant pile of unmatched socks that disappeared from the Earth's washing machines."

    Somebody has been watching Ren and Stimpy.

    All joking aside.... this is sooo cool.

    350 billion-tillion stars...most with planets....and we may find the building blocks for life on the planet right next door! The universe is not a lonely place.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  87. Erik Schaefer

    Stolen iPads?

    November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Joscar

      Unsold Zune Players?

      November 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  88. Uncle Martian

    Can't wait

    November 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  89. birdman

    romney 2016.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • JCQueipo

      I hope he runs again, I really do as I'm a Democrat !!!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • Docedde

        That means either you are willfully unemployed or you don't pay taxes!

        November 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
      • Not God

        So is Romney.

        November 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • dd

      Birdman – you have a brain to match.

      Romney is being scapegoated by his own party! He has no ideas and is so secretive the majority can never trust him.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  90. Booger

    They found my innocence.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  91. David

    Wonder if it's Alice Kramden? Maybe Ralph sliced his last shot to the kisser...

    November 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • NTMMFTS

      She would be on the Moon, not on Mars...

      November 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
      • Bo

        Oh, sad. You didn't understand that second sentence. :-(

        November 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  92. Abe Evers

    I think they found evidence of a carbon based life form. Maybe fossils in rock? They wouldn't be this hush-hush/leak hints unless it was evidence of life on Mars. Why is that so alarming? We are not alone – never have been. Wake up humans!!

    November 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • JCQueipo

      Not humans, Earthicans !!!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
      • just me

        And the language continues to grow, adapting a new word. I LIKE it.

        November 22, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • Jeff

      Not if it's from the SAM instrument. That is chemical. Fossils would be something from the camera.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • capnmike

      They are being "hush-hush" because they want to be absolutely sure before they say anything. Wouldn't you? After all, what's the hurry? A couple of weeks to re-confirm whatever they have wouldn't hurt, and they certainly don't want to say anything this important without a thorough re-check. It'd make them look mighty silly if they were mistaken.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  93. Saint_John

    They have discovered Joseph Smith living there with his 27 teenage wives. Jesus !

    November 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  94. birdman

    obamas birth certificate

    November 21, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • OsoMartinez

      Troll much?

      November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Chicago7

      @birdman Donald Trump's brain.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • capnmike

      Jerk!

      November 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  95. David

    What would be truly shocking would be if they found some sort of fossil of a large creature.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • 4spdstick

      if they find that, they'll never admit it.more likely, they'll say they found some chemicals or elements that COULD indicate life.

      November 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • regertz

        But they just did admit to finding "something". Why not admit to a large fossil, which would be pretty conclusive. But I doubt it...Most likely organic compound traces.

        November 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
    • capnmike

      Why would they not "admit" it? That is stupid and paranoid. No reason to hide a discovery like that at all.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  96. atreys

    "OMG" is exactly what I suspect thirteen year old space enthusiasts to say.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  97. Yoda

    Its Jimmy Hoffa they have found !

    November 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  98. Nic

    Running water? If so, expect a manned mission in 2030.
    Life? If so, expect a manned mission in 2020.
    Oil? Expect a manned mission in 2013!

    November 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Eric

      Now THAT is a true story!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Abe Evers

      Excellent Nic!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • David

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Mitz Rommel

      OMFG!!.. that rocks.. I wish I could have come up with that one.. exactly my kind of humor!.. good job bro!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • TDS

      Spot on!

      November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • john doe

      Though Obama does not approve of oil so it will most likely be russia or china and then America will be doomed to continue to overpay for oil.

      November 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • T

      Great joke !
      Though it would be great to see a manned mission to Mars within our lifetime. Hope it happens.

      November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Culpepper

      Gold ... if so I expect a manned mission by next week

      November 22, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  99. Eric

    They found Elvis and Jim Morrison living in a shack there. True story.

    November 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Steve

      Cool story bro...

      November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  100. Uncle Martin

    They've found martian cat poop buried in the sand

    November 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Mr. Potato Head

      Lincoln Logs

      November 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
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