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. Zwei Stein

    Scrawled into a rock: "Leroy was here 1954"

    November 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
  2. christjogger

    If they find life on mars it will only open up more questions than answers. Mostly it depends on the nature of what they find. Are they unique? Do/did the organisms share a common ancestry with those on Earth? How did they get there? So far all we know is that life appeared once on this plant about 4 billion years ago. We don't know where it came from or how it got there. Finding life on mars would either indicate life here came from somewhere else or that abiogenesis occured with some frequency in our early solar system. As far as a creator goes; what we find on mars will have no bearing on this.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Just about every great discovery has opened up more questions, Captain Obvious. Of course it will have a bearing on a creator mythology. People like you just keep expanding the lie of religion to fit new facts. While this is a rather obvious and pathetic attempt to keep your religion alive…I suppose it is better than burning people at the stake like you used to.

      November 23, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  3. Zwei Stein

    jGolden arches. Less than 1mm in height.

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

      Flush only once. It's a short way to Mcdonalds

      November 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  4. mom

    Nothing in a McDburger was ever alive

    November 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  5. ED

    They found a unicorn.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  6. Dagobert II

    My guess is that they found ancient Annunaki cigarette butts.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  7. groo

    They found an ancient McDonald's hamburger, and it's still perfectly preserved.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  8. AndybearAndy

    tom & likes, get a life, quit wasting oxygen,u 2 igno'rant 2 b on this fantastic journey! do what the GOP wants from u drop dead w/o ins.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  9. Huh

    Shh. Those are really pics of Death Valley California

    November 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  10. JoseVHK

    Just sheer arrogance of people on the inside to act sassy with the rest of us and make us wait as though they were the belle of the ball. It's just sheer vanity.

    The vast majority of us have been exposed to the scientific method. They can safely share with us what they have found and their best educated conjecture without pathetic fears of ridicule.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • mom

      i know, it's like X-factor. i get sick of watching the commercials

      November 21, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Edwin

      Sorry, Jose. This time they are correct. Maybe most people have been exposed to the scientific method, but as a teacher I can tell you that the vast majority don't understand it - and the media will mis-report any preliminary results. This will lead anti-research conservatives to claim it is a political move to put more money into space research.

      If they wait until they can confirm the data strongly, then they will have a much better result. You can wait a couple of weeks. Think of it as a Christmas present you know you're gonna get but can't open until Christmas Day.

      November 22, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  11. mom

    gopers never take compromising positions

    November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  12. iiidarkknightiii

    I bet they found Martian Poop!

    November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  13. Jack

    They found the missing Romney tax plan.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Zwei Stein


      November 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  14. Jason D

    So basically they are saying that Rover farted and caught himself and now hes sending back a signal saying "Wasn't Me!"

    November 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  15. Casa dilla

    Breaking news, snookie DNA found on Mars. Proving there is no intelligent life on the planet.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  16. Maude

    Priebus and Romeny embraced in a anus penetration.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  17. Karma Apple

    The discovery has been leaked. It looks to be a urinal puck was discovered. * so that's where those things go...

    November 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  18. Mary

    Dear Religion:
    While you killed hundreds of people in the past few days, I found something super cool on Mars that could have great implications for the future of humanity.
    Yours Truly,

    November 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • Hamass

      what our rockets not cool enough for you

      November 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
      • groo


        November 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm |

      Yes, but Science. you gave us the rockets.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  19. Maude

    Moses was talking to burning bush and praising Allah !

    November 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  20. nytw

    This is a complete of $2.5 billion dollars. When are you liberals going to learn we are broke?

    November 21, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • Edwin

      nytw: a better question would be to ask when conservatives are going to realize that we can't advance without research, and space research tends to produce more usable technology that most kinds of research. Remember: about 1/3 of the technology used in laptops, cell phones, computers, etc. came about BECAUSE of moon expeditions... maybe more than 1/3. If we hadn't gone there, you wouldn't be typing your complaint on a keyboard.

      Maybe because of Mars exploration, your kids will one day be able to ride shuttles to the moon, complaining the whole way there.

      November 22, 2012 at 2:02 am |
    • Zwei Stein

      The mission and the money for it started out with GWB. One of the few things he did that I really like.

      November 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • newdna

      300 million a day in afghanistan. That's one Mars Mission a week going down the toilet over there. We know who to thank for that, too. The stupid science-hating idiot war hawks, which are mostly republican, that's who.

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

      complete...ly brilliant... use?

      November 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Maude

      when u re-pugs wasting money blowing up muslims.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  21. Tombstone

    It'll be some kind of animal and someone will try to eat it.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  22. Peter Q Wolfe

    If the libertarians were in power that we'd not be able to go to Mars till the end of the century or never at all! I realize about Project Deep Blue but even that hinges on NASA like it always has. Space X is awesome not without meriting NASA with prior discovery, so I think government has a crutial role in research in the private sector to discovery long-term results like a cure to blindness for me at the University of Miami!

    November 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  23. hello

    they found... the meaning of life....

    November 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  24. Pop Geo

    They found Alice Kramden – Ralph overshot the moon

    November 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  25. Charlie

    They found... pure... speculation.
    No go back to your respective slave positions, shut up, and pay your taxes.

    November 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  26. fbrookman

    The problem with posts on the internet is that it's hard to tell if someone is just struggling with translating to English, or they're a hillbilly.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Maude

      How about an Englishman with mad cow disease.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm |

      Whats rong wit U. I spek Enklesh good. في الواقع أنا أتكلم الإنجليزية جيدا.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  27. bro

    In the last sentence, you actually started to sound you could ever get a job at NASA.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  28. nik green

    If NASA found hard evidence pointing towards life on Mars, past or present, there is NO WAY ON EARTH (or Mars) that they would be permitted to tell the public – the data would be instantly classified, and only known by a very small number of officials, all sworn to absolute secrecy.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • hello

      Yeah.. the last thing they want is find proof that the god thing is NOT real.....of course the 20% Atheists already know that and accepted this easliy.. but the myth salesmen would be out of a job ...nothing worst than a few 100 million liars without a job.

      November 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  29. tet1953

    They found all those missing socks!

    November 21, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  30. Jay

    They found a Starbucks.

    November 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  31. Eman

    Scientific "Handy"

    November 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  32. gabe

    Everyone who's wowed by this is simply -not very bright. This is a giant waste of our money. Tell us something with real weight, like the fact that we've been interacting with ET for a long time already. whatever Nasa...

    November 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm |

      G.A.B.E. Goof Against Becoming Enlightened.

      November 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • hello

      Its no more of a waste than us billions billions to other countries so they can be happy and want to k1!! us.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  33. Rowlins

    They found unusual allotropes of carbon and a strange new element

    November 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • hello

      the new C-13?

      November 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  34. Me Again

    So they finally found Jimmy Hoffa

    November 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  35. wlv

    Jimmy Hoffa.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  36. wlv

    They finally found who doctored the talking points on Benghazi. Couldn't have been someone of this planet.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  37. SixDegrees

    Incorrect. NASA's budget is roughly one-half of one percent of the total Federal budget. At around $900 billion, military spending only amounts to about 25% of the $3.8 trillion Federal budget.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  38. cpc65

    A colony of creatures resembling Donald Trump's toupee?

    November 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  39. oogi

    Seriously. I think they found a piece of plastic. Not "man"-made.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  40. vette7274

    They dug up some shiny stuff a few weeks ago. Go to curiosity website to see photos. I think they found GOLD.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  41. cpc65

    They found a Starbucks cup partially buried in the Martian soil.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  42. trufaldino

    They found a place a place that's perfect for one libertarian. Of course, if two libertarians want to go, they will have to find a second planet.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Reason


      November 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  43. Reason

    They have found some money to save HOSTESS!!!

    November 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  44. Luther51

    My guess is they found an undecayed Twinkie.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  45. natalie k

    They probably found some old manmade spacecraft debris

    November 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  46. boatvolt

    A still-edible Twinkie...

    November 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Reason

      ahhhh you beat me to a hostess joke!

      November 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • hello

      they found a petrified pile of poo..

      November 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  47. roccop777

    Oh no, here we go again! Countless times biologists and astrobiologists call for a drum -roll to announce a new breakthrough discovery that proves that lifeless matter can miraculously organize itself into life forms or that humans evolved from some animal - only to have their hopes dashed as the discovery unfolds.
    Remember the alleged Mar's rock found in Antarctica and the claims that bacteria trails were found in it? Alas, that just peetered out into oblivion. Or how about the big "breakthrough" hoopla made about "Ida" and "Ardi" and "Lucy". The suspense dissipated into nothing. Just recently it has been conclusively proven that "Lucy" was not the bipedal wonder she was made out to be, but rather a tree swinging species of ape with the typical long curved fingers and ape shoulder construction.
    So, please excuse me if I don't hold my breath over this new drum-roll. I would rather wait and see what substantive evidence (if any) comes out of this.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

      I don't understand your point, but your allegation that recent study of Australopithecus afarensis reveals it was not bi-pedal is incorrect. True, there were still indications of tree habitation to avoid predators, but that does not void the fact that this creature was also bi-pedal. There is also no question that Australopithecus afarensis is directly related to humans.

      "The authors also suspect that A. afarensis was not the first ancestor of humans to walk upright. This could be why Selam's bones indicate she walked with ease, at least when compared to chimpanzees that have been trained to do so. Chimps have a lumbering, awkward upright gait because they lack some important pelvic and lower limb characteristics that Selam possessed." – Discover October 25 2012

      Perhaps your prefer the non-science position of your fellow T-clowns.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
      • roccop777

        You have demonstrated once again how little the "evolution lay-people" know about their own belief! Here are the latest facts about "Lucy" - confessions by evolution scientists:
        Lord Solly Zuckerman of Birmingham, and Professor Charles Oxnard of the University of Western Australia, conclude that australopithecines were a unique group of extinct creatures, not anatomically intermediate between apes and humans, so were not evolutionary ‘links’ at all.
        Some interesting new work has also helped to demolish the idea that the australopithecines habitually walked upright. Computerized X-ray scans are able to reveal the bony structure of the inner ear. The shape of this has been shown to directly reflect patterns of movement. Understandably, humans (the only creatures alive that walk habitually upright) have an inner ear structure which stands out from the rest. In contrast, that of ALL australopithecines (and habilines) studied are ‘decidedly ape-like.
        Dr Charles Oxnard, Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia therefore concludes: “Neither Lucy nor any other australopithecine is therefore intermediate between humans and African apes. Nor are they similar enough to humans to be any sort of ancestor of ours.”
        Researcher David Green at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill., states in "Live Science": "The question as to whether Australopithecus afarensis was strictly bipedal or if they also climbed trees has been intensely debated for more than 30 years. These remarkable fossils provide strong evidence that these individuals were still climbing at this stage." That was from October 26th 2012.
        The claim you put forth, that "Lucy" 'walked upright with ease' is based on ideological assumptions and not on the solid, anatomical evidence at hand.

        November 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  48. Nancy R

    I bet its methane based microbial life form.

    November 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
    • mom

      with the fart jokes already....

      November 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  49. Penny Wright

    This is the most important story of the 21st century.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • vette7274

      True be that.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  50. PigBodine

    My Favorite Martian

    November 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  51. IOC

    It's Saddam Hussein's WMD.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • cpc65


      November 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  52. Ceti Alpha Five


    November 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • wlv

      "Buried alive. Buried alive."

      November 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  53. Bob

    They'll probably announce they've "found evidence of water" for the tenth time.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  54. Warped One

    The first of the Mohicans

    November 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  55. Mars Idol

    They hired a new intern media person, who is trying to build momentum just like Apple, Windows releases do. I hope they remember this is about creating the building blocks of science. This is not Mars Idol.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  56. Azhar

    They found John Carter.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  57. miner49er

    They have found gold. Let the space rush begin!

    November 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  58. Spike

    Maybe they found a Stink Bug

    November 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  59. sawxyouxfirst

    "A big "OMG" moment for SPACE ENTHUSIASTS may be coming!"

    Space Enthusiasts are apparently the only people who would care about perhaps the discovery of alien life. True, great job CNN

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

      they found Spock.... and a few Borg.

      November 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  60. SB1790

    I wonder if they found a Russian or Chinese flag? LOL

    November 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  61. Lee Allaben

    Gold! It's gold and tons of it. Now even the religous and science haters can get behind the exploration.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  62. Dave Z

    Welcome home, Valentine Michael Smith!

    November 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  63. Bill Gates

    They found Jimmy Hoffa !

    November 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  64. lola kitty

    they couldn't just leave it alone – now what the hell will be VISITING US???????? call ripley

    November 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  65. Jesse

    The found the rest of Florida's missing ballots

    November 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  66. pillsville piper

    Christians do believe in life beyond earth. If you read the bible (looks as though most of you don't) you will see that Jesus ascended from the earth to another place, somewhere. To say that we don't believe life exists anywhere but earth in totally incorrect.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • hello

      If you read Caesar's Messiah by Joseph Atwill you will know that Roman myth is a bunch of bull....

      November 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  67. Shawn

    About time, they finally found Capone and can stop digging up people's back yards in Michigan.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

      Capone died in jail. I think you mean Hoffa.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  68. Kevin

    The Rover bumped into another intelligent life form's Mars Rover and it was really awkward as they backed away from each other and pretended it never happened?

    November 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm |

      Quite the opposite. They experienced love at first site and are mating.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  69. gb333

    Instead of fighting wars for religous reasons.

    We should be investing into cures for aging, and death. And space exploration with the intent to colonize.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  70. HK Konnekt

    They found the cure for Cancer, Aids, Depression, Oldstimers, Autisim (No spell check), common cold and flu, yet they are checking if it would be financially wise for the Pharmasudical Industry..

    November 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  71. Bluegrassmoose

    They have finally found Mitch McConnell's humanity!

    November 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  72. Proboscis Tsunami

    Don't get too close to the snake type critter...

    November 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  73. bob

    I found something on Uranus last night.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  74. Mike S

    NASA needs to stop overselling these news conferences. Unless it is a life form, NASA needs to just say that they will have a conference to report the latest interesting findings. NASA has oversold these events before where people were disappointed because the hype did not match the reality. Eventually what is going to happen is that people will lose interest and not even show to the news conference.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      Somewhat true, although a bigger problem is that what scientists find exciting fails to excite so many others.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  75. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    It's life, Jim...but not as we know it.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • lola kitty

      i with you on this.................

      November 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  76. Martin

    So let's wait a few weeks and release the information on 12-21 - that will keep the conspiracy lines humming.

    (I've been expecting them to come across a fossil or something like that ever since they took an interest in a piece of rock that was laying around which looked to me like a small chunk of concrete.)

    November 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  77. Philip Mark Edwards

    Fossilized remains? Are they ready for it?

    I AM

    November 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      That would be cool. But unlikely. More probable would be the detection of chemicals uniquely tied to life. To my mind, either would be astonishing news, but I'll just have to wait and see what they've found.

      November 21, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • Philip Mark Edwards

        Yes, I can understand your disagreement SixDegrees but I would maintain that it is inevitable. There is little question in my mind anymore about it.

        November 21, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  78. Jeremy

    I think they will announce a joint mission for NASA and US Navy. They're going to announce a plan to send a bunch of seamen to Uranus.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  79. If 2 wrongs dont make a right.....try 3.

    While they are up there, i hope they find a cure for Republicanism.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  80. MikeyMofo

    Curiosity has been reduced to sending one sequence of letters over and over: G R O K

    November 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm |

      All work and no play
      Makes Jack a dull boy

      All work and no play
      Makes Jack a dull boy................

      November 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  81. bobh

    the DoubleX Files ?!?!

    November 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  82. Jay

    They now realize that those shiny objects in the Martian soil are actually crystalline Gold.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  83. scottaustintexas

    They found the Stargate.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  84. Dan

    They've found unobtainium!

    November 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  85. capnmike

    Mitt Romney's Tax Returns?

    November 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  86. HanValen5150

    An OMG moment would be to find life on Mars, even if it's a single cell organism. Earth shattering news would be one in which we realize it is smarter than those that voted for Obumbler...which shouldn't be too difficult.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • capnmike

      Those who voted for him are certainly smarter than the blithering idiots who have to make up names for him.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Hammer Of The Gods

      Still havent gotten over it Mitt ?

      November 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  87. Dom

    Maybe they found the stimulus money Obama lost

    November 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm |

      Or the jobs Myth sent out of the country.

      November 21, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  88. 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 3:26 pm |
    • capnmike

      They keep massaging the lies to suit current conditions...Not that long ago the Church condemned anybody who claimed the Earth was round...

      November 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm |

        SixDegrees obviously has a grade 6. Anyone who has ever read a science book knows about the evolution of the description of the universe: Tyco Brahe, Copernicus and Galileo to name a few of its fathers.

        November 21, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        "Not that long ago the Church condemned anybody who claimed the Earth was round..."

        They did? When did they do that? References, please.

        November 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
      • hello

        Galileo was locked in his house until he recanted that the earth was not the center of the universe...instead of the sun.
        God did not teach his salesmen reality... lies sell better than truth.

        November 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  89. UnFred

    This is like waiting to see McDonald's release a new sandwich. Ouuu..! we found dirt with bacteria poo.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  90. mg

    Obviously, they found the ARC. It's about time. (DOOM the Movie reference for those who don't know)

    November 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  91. Wes

    Hey Ann, maybe my Zeppelin tape is under a giant monolithic slab. Sometimes I think I can hear it beaming a signal to me when I am in the zone.... you know? I could dig some Twinkies too though, that would be cool.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  92. Ed

    If you think like a chemist analyzing a sample, and what would be a monumentally significant find, it seems pretty obvious to me what that would be ...

    Think about what would be left behind on Earth if it lost its atmosphere over millions of years, and what an explorer might later find showing that Earth once had one.

    I think they found oxide compounds, proving that Mars once had an atmosphere.

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

      It technically has an atmosphere now. Its just very thin and no magnetosphere to help shield it.

      November 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  93. Sherlock Holmes

    When you've eliminated all that is impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Therefore, by deductive reasoning, we have narrowed it down to one of two possible outcomes:

    1. The rest of the Mayan calendar

    2. A Lombardi trophy with "Minnesota Vikings" engraved on it

    November 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      3. A newspaper that says Mitt Romney Wins Election.

      November 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • cpc65

      I was going to say "the rest of Romney's tax records".

      November 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  94. MDATB

    God has nothing to do with this.

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

      or anything else either... they found gods pen1s

      November 21, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  95. easy

    They found the little red riding hoods house.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  96. zambeezee

    hoffa?! finally!

    November 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  97. hecep

    They found a Mars bar.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm |

      Winton Marsallis?
      Marshall Dillon?

      November 21, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  98. PC user

    Wait a minute.. They found a Windows 8 that works?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  99. 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 |
    • John_DD

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

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

      They found Jimmy Hoffa grave.

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

      Jimmy Hoffa?

      November 22, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • 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


        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 |
    • 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 |
    • 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 |
      • 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 |
      • Leif

        All your base are belong to us, earthling.

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


        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 |
      • 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 |
      • 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 |
      • 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 |
      • stout7735

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

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

        What a closed minded Neanderthal...

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

        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 |
      • 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 |
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        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.


        November 21, 2012 at 7:02 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 |
      • 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 |
      • 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 |
      • 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 |
      • Mike

        Poor Tom.

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