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What do you think that they'll find on Mars?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9824points) August 8th, 2012

For fun, if you had to guess.

Realistically, what are you hoping that they’ll find?

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bkcunningham's avatar

Prior to this recent NASA mission, we already had 2.3 billion bits of information, including more than 16,500 images from the lander and 550 images from the rover, as well as more than 15 chemical analyses of rocks and soil and extensive data on winds and other weather factors. Findings from the investigations carried out by scientific instruments on both the lander and the rover suggest that Mars was at one time in its past warm and wet, with water existing in its liquid state and a thicker atmosphere.

It will be interesting to see this mission’s images.

Nullo's avatar

New information about the rocks and dirt and surface radiation, and at some point somebody’s going to find something that may or may not look a little bit like it might be a fossilized microbe.

I think it’s an important step, even if they don’t find anything world-shattering. We may yet drag ourselves to Mars this century.

marinelife's avatar

Possible information on small lifeforms.

Pandora's avatar

I think they will find this. LOL
I really have no idea though. But it will be interesting to see.

digitalimpression's avatar

I think they will find quite a lot of rocks and dirt.

CWOTUS's avatar

WMD and another pretext for undeclared war, I suppose.

LuckyGuy's avatar

OK, I’ll bite.

I predict they will find evidence of life in the strata corresponding to 2.5 Billion years ago to 1.4 BYA. (+ or – 100 years).
It was single celled, carbon based, and used Si and Fe oxidation as the primary energy reaction.

Qingu's avatar

Rocks and dirt, evidence of past water. No life.

If there are any signs of life on Mars I find it more likely that it comes from Earth-based ejecta, from when we were struck by asteroids.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Evidence of past life and perhaps even life. I think Mars could still have some bacteria kicking about.

LuckyGuy's avatar

We ought to have a pool going where we give odds and pay off in Lurve. :-)

philosopher's avatar

I think they will find proof that Mars once supported some form of primitive life. LOL maybe sentient life.

YARNLADY's avatar

GOLD – There’s GOLD on Mars!!!

LOL, that is supposed to start a brand new gold rush.

flutherother's avatar

It would be amazing if they found evidence that life had existed on Mars but I don’t think it is likely. We will learn a bit more about Martian geology and the history of the planet but probably nothing very exciting.

mazingerz88's avatar

Men. Because women are from Venus. : )

Seriously, if a future probe ever gets to Mar’s great ice region and somehow dig deep enough, it would find life. What else, jellies of high intelligence and great poise. As if you Flutherites didn’t know!

Silence04's avatar

I think we will find evidence of life on mars. However, I don’t think we are going to find it with our current means of exploration. The surface is too dangerous for organisms to survive, they would likely be in deep caverns or other places our rover can’t easily access.

philosopher's avatar

Is anyone watching Nasa Channel? I am and it is worthwhile.

Nullo's avatar

Idle curiosity, but exactly how much of Mars’ surface have we documented, for NASA to reasonably be hoping to find life, or fossils?

Wells imagined a dying race of spacefaring Martians. Heinlein was content with secretive starfish aliens and flat cats. NASA has never hoped for more than microbes, and now we have people all set to be giddy over fossils.
Life may be hardy, but hope is truly a clingy beast.

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