On the "landmark" discovery on Mars NASA representatives reported two weeks ago, on 20 November, but the sensation was not held.
— We obtained data that fall into the history books — "slip" Curiosity mission principal investigator John Grottsinger in an interview with U.S. radio (US National Public Radio). — They look really good.
Sensational confession came after the rover — after several attempts — a scoop of Martian soil scooped up and sent it to a chemical test, and that was with the help of on-board laboratory setup SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars). But the analysis — Hold still a secret. Many experts assumed it comes to organic molecules — the precursors of life. Sensation promised to announce the opening of the 45th Congress of the American Geophysical Union on December 3 in San Francisco.
On the appointed day in anticipation of the scientific world has become silent. But, alas, the sensation was not held.
— Curiosity has completed the first comprehensive analysis of Martian soil collected in the vicinity of Rocky nest — accumulation of sand and stones in Gale crater, which is now the Mars Rover — reported at the press conference, researcher Paul Maheffi Space Flight Center of NASA. Goddard in Greenbelt (Maryland). — And, unfortunately, did not find any organics — ingredients for life.
It turns out that there is no life on Mars. And what is there? Here are the first results of the analysis of Martian sand, according to the website of NASA.
1. Water molecules which was found in soil samples proved harder earth five times because of the high content of her deuterium, a heavy isotope of hydrogen.
2. Clay Mars is half of volcanic rock mixed with non-crystalline components, such as glass.
3. A large set of different chemicals in low concentrations: a substance containing sulfur and chlorine. However, experts still are not sure that these compounds are completely Martian origin. It is possible that they were "imported" from Earth to Mars by the rover.
Among other things he wrote in Curiosity Twitter. And in his last tweet urged fans to wait a bit: "We are waiting for new research. And yet — patience. Patience — my middle name. "
Rover to be worked out on the Red Planet in Gale Crater two years. Maybe, though, will find something.
As for premature "sensational" Grottsingera recognition, the principal investigator for the mission is justified that, say, journalists are confused. Grottsinger actually called "epoch-making" the very mission of Curiosity, and journalists have suffered this definition to the last samples collected apparatus.