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  1.   Neodarwinian A two minute sound bite is not enough here. The subject is important enough to warrant more time than some of the idiotic news pieces that certainly followed this bite.

    There will probably be some intelligent discussion on one of Patrick Moore’s BBC “Sky at Night” programmes, quite soon.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/s

  2. My hunch is that the general public will be very, very disappointed if they find ‘only’ microbial life on Mars. I already can see the papers: “Going to Mars only for a BUG???”

  3. This was posted a few weeks ago – anything good is worth repeating!!

    Curiosity has completed a few successful test drives.
    Where did the engineers put the fuzzy dice :p

    Are space faring vehicles considered female (feminine) – such as “let’s give her a test run”.

  4. I am not quite as optimistic as Krauss as whether they will find evidence on Mars of past life. But I do not dismiss it totally, just the chances could be slimmer than he is hoping for. His enthusiasm is very contagious but I feel he may be disappointed. Perhaps life in the universe is rarer then he hopes. I guess he wont be expecting dino-Martian fossil skeletons, perhaps he is suggesting evidence of a ‘biotic soup’ or very simple  primitive organisms. Its extremely fascinating though and I would love to be proved wrong.

  5. NASA is carrying out final checks, before handing the rover over to scientists!

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scie

    The Mars Curiosity rover
    has all but completed its commissioning phase and is ready to begin its
    detailed investigation of the Red Planet.

    The six-wheeled vehicle touched down in Gale Crater on 6 August (GMT).

    Since then, daily activities have been dominated by system checkouts and instrument calibration work.

    US space agency engineers say they have one final day of
    testing on Curiosity’s robotic arm to complete before handing the rover
    over to the scientists.

    “After that, starting on Friday evening, the plan is to
    drive, drive, drive!” said Jennifer Trosper, a mission manager from
    Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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  6. The Rover is now on the move.

    There is also a news video on the link.

      September 19, 2012

    NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Looks at Ground Ahead, Moons Above

    A series of daily drives has taken NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity to a vantage point about halfway to a science destination area called Glenelg. The rover has been using its Mast Camera to examine the area ahead and also to catch special occasions when the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos pass in front of the sun from the rover’s point of view.    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/     

    and another here:
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/n

    Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory, is 43 days into a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions may have been favorable for microbial life.

    This artist concept features NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to sustain microbial life. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images

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