Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"What John Grotzinger was saying as our very capable project scientist on MSL is exactly the case," Garvin said. "The analytical payload on MSL —in particular, SAM as a suite —has been making unprecedented measurements of solid material samples with incredible implications about Mars, but which require, as in all science, demonstration of reproducibility and adequacy of calibration/validation."

NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars is busily grinding out science data — and has likely relayed some provocative findings — but mum's the word from scientists on the mission.

Whatever history-making news there is to report, Curiosity scientists are expected to cough up the goods at this year's American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco, to be held from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7.

Imagine a religion that required "demonstration of reproducibility and adequacy of calibration/validation". That's a religion that wouldn't last long because all religious fantasies are bullshit.

There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works.
-- Stephen Hawking


The Curiosity rover is doing some exciting science stuff on Mars, but even more amazing is how it got there. This blog has two posts about it at WAY TO GO AMERICA!!! and America's NASA bets the farm on the one ton Curiosity rover.

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