Intelligence kills emotion


Since its landing January 25, Opportunity has used the same tools as a human field geologist would to determine the chemical contents of the rocks. Using an alpha particle X-ray spectrometer, a device that can identify chemical elements, scientists have identified a high concentration of sulfur in the bedrock.

Another instrument on board, a Moessbauer spectrometer, has detected an iron sulfate mineral known as jarosite. From their knowledge of rocks on earth, scientists say rocks with as much salt as this Mars rock either formed in water, or had a long exposure to water after they were formed. The scientists say these rocks could have formed in an acidic lake or even a hot springs.

The rumour about the Space Agency announcing important news about Mars today, already caught my attention many hours earlier than it was on CNN this evening, thanks to NRO. Speedy Blogospherians at work indeed.

Quite exciting? Some people just shrugged when they heard it from the grapevine:

If all they say manana is that there's water on Mars, that's not news. We've known it for years. If they say they've found amino acids, that's more interesting, but no more so to me than, say, the discovery of some new form of life on the ocean bottom.

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