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  •  well, it would be, for the scientists (10+ / 0-)

    and NASA people. Viking landers in the 1970s were searching for organic molecules, so it's been many decades now. Curiosity has some new way of heating samples that doesn't "trigger" perchlorates, which destroys complex organic molecules.

    from tonight's Wired story, "Curiosity Rover’s Secret Historic Breakthrough? Speculation Centers on Organic Molecules":

    “If it’s going in the history books, organic material is what I expect,” says planetary scientist Peter Smith from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Smith is formerly the principal investigator on a previous Mars mission, the Phoenix lander, which touched down at the Martian North Pole in 2008. “It may be just a hint, but even a hint would be exciting.”

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