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Life on Mars?

posted Nov 23, 2012, 5:31 AM by Rolfe James

NASA Teases 'Historic' Discovery by Curiosity

Little green men? A Buffalo nickel? The body of Jimmy Hoffa? Whatever the Curiosity rover's "historic discovery" on Mars turns out to be, NASA is once again stirring up a ton of buzz for one of its most popular missions in recent memory.

When Curiosity chief scientist John Grotzinger told NPR earlier this week that the Mars rover had found something that "is gonna be one for the history books," most of the speculation centered around the possibility that the surface probe has discovered evidence of organic life on the Red Planet.

Perhaps, but we won't know the answer until next month when NASA said it will spill the beans about the "historic" data from a recent Curiosity soil sample-collecting foray that the mission's "science team is busily chewing away on," as Grotzinger put it.

One thing's for sure—the space agency that seemed on the verge of irrelevance in the public mind just a couple of years ago is back to playing the public relations game like nobody's business.

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