Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What happens if Curiosity finds water on Mars? What happens if it doesn't?

Question: If Curiosity finds water on Mars, what’s the next step? What if it doesn’t?
Asked By: Zubayedur Rahman

Answer: The universe will simultaneously implode and explode, a thing that only kittens can survive; consequently, kittens will rule the cosmos (or at least what’s left of it).


Nothing fascinates the imagination quite like the search for extraterrestrial life…even if that life is on the smallish side. It is this fascination that governed the creation of NASA’s Curiosity rover.

The primary goal of this mission is to determine whether or not Earth is the only planet in our solar system that is capable (or ever was capable) of sustaining life. We’re not really expecting to find any woolly beasts rambling across the Martian surface, just hoping to find evidence of habitable conditions for microscopic organisms. In an attempt to find such evidence, the rover was sent to Mars to study geological formations and the Martian atmosphere.

Of course, water is an integral part of habitable conditions.

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