According to Channel 10 there is some sort of breaking story coming up on the 11.00am news. Which is about half an hour away. NASA ought to come clean with it this time. There’s enough time for a generational change to reverse the dysfunction of it all the last time around. So I’m predicting that they will announce that they’ve found microbial life this time around. Although they may try and fudge it. Or they’ll have some contingent that may still be furiously in denial about it. They may wind up claiming some level of confidence or some such other bullshit. Rather than a straight yes or no answer.
But in the end there are other non-NASA trips to Mars on the horizon. Hence there will be forces afoot for them to claim the scoop this time around. Mars ought to be teeming with microbial life. Microbial life that spends most of its time in a dormant state. But Mars ought to be teeming with microbial life nonetheless.
UPDATE 11.45 AM
I just heard on newsradio that the Phoenix has landed NEAR THE NORTH POLE!!!
Can anyone tell me the reasoning behind this? Mars is a freezing cold planet in most places. Actually in nearly all places. If I was taking bets as to which part of Mars they WOULDN’T find life it would be near the North Pole. Never underestimate the stupidity of government agencies. Lets hope they have a good explanation for this. But NASA has gone out of its way to try and show that there is no life on Mars in the past. One cannot help but be suspicious until they come up with some sort of explanation.
It would be good to be in on the internal debates as to where they were arguing that the Phoenix ought to land.
The answer could be here:
“Now it’s Phoenix’s turn to see if its scientists at the University of Arizona can find evidence that the planet was once a habitable abode for life -millions if not billions of years ago.”
It might be that this operation is insufficiently ambitious. And that instead of looking for current microbial life they are looking only for evidence of life many millions of years ago. Since Mars has supposed to have a couple of polar shifts in the past they might have gone to these far Northern plains to see if any remnants of life have been preserved in some way.