Monday, December 9, 2013

Marsapalooza


Click the arrow to watch the AGU Mars presentation on YouTube. Video source: American Geophysical Union.

NASA issued a lengthy press release today summarizing Mars Science Laboratory findings by the Curiosity Rover.

The findings were announced at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco.

As of this posting (6:30 PM EST), much of the mainstream media seems to have ignored the announcements, although Alan Boyle of NBC News and Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post have already posted stories. Nothing on the home pages of CNN.com, ABCNews.com, or CBSNews.com. Nothing at NYTimes.com or LATimes.com.

FoxNews.com simply reprinted a story from Space.com.

Florida Today reprints a story by the parent paper USA Today. Both are based in the same Melbourne, Florida headquarters.

The media stories focus on the conclusion that an ancient Martian lakebed billions of years ago may have had conditions that would support microbial life.

The six research articles released today are available online with a subscription to Science magazine.

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