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    Quote Originally Posted by laney50w View Post
    Oh, you mean Nibiru?
    Well yes and if the luggage Planet is mostly Samsonite, then the earth loses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stubeeef View Post
    I was hoping there would be a poll thread on this subject, I just don't know how to start a thread with a poll. Mine would look like this..

    Will NASA say they found

    Methane
    Chlorophyll
    Protein
    Amino acids
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    I would say methane. There have been methane clouds that have appeared seasonally and could possibly be from bacterial activity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoss_boden View Post

    And I think they did a bit about all the missing socks on an episode of Ren and Stimpy back in the day!
    The Ren and Stimpy episode!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    What they found was Jimmy Hoffa. Sorry, you younger folks won't get this.
    That was my wife's first guess, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    No Chris, RUSTY dirt.
    OK, I should have been more specific! LOL!!
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    Default Re: Major discovery on Mars??

    OK, I have a question for the group. If the news is that Curiosity has undeniably discovered proof of life on Mars and it is found that it is still viable, do we still send manned missions in the future?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modlerbob View Post
    OK, I have a question for the group. If the news is that Curiosity has undeniably discovered proof of life on Mars and it is found that it is still viable, do we still send manned missions in the future?
    Only if we could establish either we wouldn't kill it or it wouldn't kill us. I mean...we COULD bring it back to Earth and see what happens, but then we have possible apocalyptic scenarios and people "flipping out." I think that if we DID want to send any manned flights to Mars (if there is life) we'd have to have at least one person willing to risk their life to find out the dangers of Martian bacteria. I would honestly risk possible death of it meant an incredible leap forward for us. And I don't wanna use mice damn*t! I'm tired of relying on them for mostly accurate experiments, I wanna go on the moon and have the bacteria (or whatever form of life) brought to me gosh darn it! I think it'd be one of the most exhilarating experiences in the universe, even if it meant dying. I may just be crazy or weird, but I think it'd be worth it.
    If the life can "coexist" with us: we'll totally go for the whole manned mission thing.
    If the life cannot "coexist" with us: we will definitely NOT send any manned missions there.
    In conclusion, I think your question invokes a lot of thought and really boils down to a few things:
    1) How will the general public react? (Well, thanks to conspiracy theorists...very poorly.)
    2) Will sending humans there be a country vs. country thing? (It always seems to come to this.)
    3) Do "we" really care about the life on Mars? (I do! I think it'd be incredible: TWO planets with life in ONE solar system! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modlerbob View Post
    OK, I have a question for the group. If the news is that Curiosity has undeniably discovered proof of life on Mars and it is found that it is still viable, do we still send manned missions in the future?
    That's a good question.

    My first thought was: I think Curiosity will find evidence of life having lived on Mars in the past, with the viability issue having long since dissapeared. But then we keep finding extremophile life here on Earth that can shut down for centuries when conditions are bad, only to "re-awaken" when conditions improve again...(I just saw a thing about microscopic bugs in the arctic that, when they get trapped in the ice, can empty themselves of all the water in their bodies and go dormant for 300 years...).

    My second thought was more cynical: We've scrapped one planet, why stop there?

    But that's not the question.
    I think that if life on Mars is viable, it will be at the bacterial level, and that won't be "enough" to stop human exploration. This means that we must consider the first manned missions to Mars being "No Return" until conclusive proof is reached that the bacteria can't harm or alter any life on Earth. (even if SlitWeaver survives his Moonlab experiments).
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    Tardigrades: Adorable Extremophiles - YouTube

    Here is some info on a creature that is similar if not the same... they are called Tardigrades but most people call the water bears. We even sent them into space and exposed the to the vacuum and radiation and brought them back alive =)

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    I'd settle for bacteria.
    Just think, it would mean two instances of life in one tiny solar system. Which in turn would indicate the universe must be teeming with it.

    If NASA's history making announcement is something less exciting, then I'm still putting my money on Europa coming up trumps!

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