Any guesses for Thursday's 'big' Mars announcement from NASA?
Can you imagine what they're like with their family?
>Well, we've been married a year and a half, and you know we've been trying for a baby for awhile now, and well... we found a really great salad dressing. Really, it's great, you've got to try it.
>Kids, you know Patches hasn't been feeling well lately, and he's lived a long, happy life, but now I think it's time I told you that if you drink the last of the orange juice, please let your mother or I know, so we know to pick up more when we're at the supermarket.
>liquid water on Mars
It was hypothetical brine flows. Yep, the theory still needs to be tested in laboratory, and even if confirmed that water would be unable to sustain life. The discovery was simply more incremental evidence that there is water on Mars, something we know for decades. It's just that the public goes crazy when it hears the word "water" and nasa knows this very well.
It was a massive letdown (being polite), but overhyping and underdelivering is the baseline attitude at nasa these days.
Yeah, the "liquid water on Mars" announcement was just "We've been pretty sure about this for years, but we've passed some arbitrary threshold in our level of pretty sureness, even though we're still not absolutely 100% certain that in some places on sunny days the very salty ice on Mars melts in a thin layer."
It wasn't worth trying to whip up a public buzz over. They've got a real boy-who-cried-wolf thing going.
>backpedalling this hard
>being this uniformed
Nasa shill pls go. In the last decade, that institution you used to love has become little more than an entertainment company for the populace, preferring to fart around on the internet instead of doing meaningful shit. They brought this on themselves. You have no reason to defend them.
The results will be from MAVEN and about atmospheric escape. My guess is that /sci/ will deem it uninteresting because it's not aliums.
Source: I'm on the MAVEN science team.
>I'm not gonna apply, I don't want to get my hopes up
is the exact opposite mindset of everyone personally successful and driven enough to become one, hence
>you will never be an astronaut
chris hadfield sums it up pretty nicely... if you always have that goal, youll always base your life decisions (employment, education, location) on that end goal. you might find never find yourself an astronaut, but even someone who achieves half as much as one is still immensely successful compared to the general population. Never became an astronaut? At least you earned a masters degree or learned to scuba dive or got your private pilots license or became a public speaker or educator... that kind of thing. dont lose sight of the value of the journey cos youre so focused on the impossibility of the goal, because the journey is what makes an astronaut what they are. riding a rocket to the moon is the sum of decades of valuable and individually awesome experiences
it's already been said to have something to do with mar's atmosphere and the long term,.. so i'm guessing they found out it's rate of decay or possibly that it has stabilized. I highly doubt it is growing back.
missing impact craters
(greetings from jmccsci)
I've heard this multiple times now, I guess this really is what they'll announce. From what I understand, this isn't good news for the future of mars colonisation. Although we've always known that without terraforming we'll never be able to live on Mars without suits.
I want them to announce why they didn't just tell me now.
>This feel man, this feel.
A few years ago I heard on the news (somewhat reliable news source) that ESA astronauts were getting psychological counseling since they it now was clear that hardly any of them would ever go to space and their hopes were crushed beyond hope.
Political posturing is cheap. Actually sending someone to space is expensive.
Why would anyone want to go to space? It isn't true escape, and it ravages your body. I'd rather continue to feel trapped on Earth then embrace the temporary experience of space with the brain damage that comes with it.
>there will never be a reason to be hype about space discoveries in your lifetime
We will find something on Europa. There are so many interesting bodies in the solar system...Titan, Enceladus, Galilean moons, we don't even know much about Uranus/Neptune. It is an exciting time for solar system exploration, so fuck off.
Do you think if there was another country announcing its mission to Mars we would speed up research so that we could get there sooner? What's the earliest possible date for a Mars mission with more budget behind it?
So they imply there is a goldilockes zone for planets to have a strong enough mass to be able to hold an atmosphere and have a strong enough magnetic field to keep it from their star tearing it off?
NASA have lost all credibility with their bonkers claims recently and fake science CGI.
I'll check back on them in a few years time. Nothing they say anymore is trusted and is unverifiable. I think it is being deliberately done but I don't know why other than the people at the top might be making them like this if they want their funding, even with Mars.
The meme drive has earned my double facepalm award meme. Only the extra special fake science claims get that.
I mean it's interesting science by itself (even though, as always, we've mostly known it for long) but trying to hype the public like that is just pathetic. I know they need mo money fo dem programs, but this is nothing short of attention-whoring, and is frankly almost an insult to their audience.
>MEGA SCIENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
>OMG LE MARS MYSTERY SOLVED !!1!!11!!!!
>GET HYPED MOTHAFUCKAS
It is too much to ask to just give us the actual paper, or just a very comprehensive article (like esa does: fully-referenced, with the same graphs as in the real paper, no dumbing-down) and let us appreciate the impact by ourselves? Most of us aren't complete retards, we don't need to be taken for idiots to appreciate the research being done.