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  •  Not overhyped (1+ / 0-)
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    They did find organics. Whether they are of Martian origin or not, which the update elucidates, is the question. Real science moves in increments, this is one piece of what is an evolving picture of Martian soil chemistry and perhaps life.

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:06:30 AM PST

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    •  and I suppose (0+ / 0-)

      whether you think it's hype or not given what they found depends on how much of a astronomy geek you are. I find it really exciting, if for no other reason that it may indicate at the very least that organics are much more widespread throughout the solar system than previously thought. Even if this proves to be irrelevant for Mars it may have profound implications for the possibility of organics, or even possibly biotics, on other bodies, such as the aforementioned Europa.

      "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

      by zaynabou on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 07:10:27 AM PST

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