The rover science team reported several weeks ago that they had a discovery for the history books. Reportedly after confirming through additional and re-testing of the samples they would announce their findings at the beginning of the year.
well here it is 2013 and not a word. I look at the NASA website daily for any news.
this is absolutely the most boring 2.5 billion dollar mission. No amazing photos no Mars shattering revelations. :evil:

No amazing photos? You need to look at them.

Nuclear-powered rover returning images from Mars, daily, to your PC? This is the best 2.5 billion ever spent!

Wise up.


The previous two rovers had such a strong impressionistic effect as they were giving us a series of landscape views of unexpected and 'Martian' appearance items never seen routinely on Earth.
Possibly we are getting accustomed to a few mysteries each day in result?
What is odd thus far is the lack of detailed commitment to explanation attempts in the many small items we have suggesting shells, opalescent glassy bright surfaced objects, and water stream-beds of rounded cobble embedded in sediment contrasting the surrounding scene.
We have done much less in many prior missions. I see anticipation in the two year promise of a climb up a two and a half mile high mountain slope.
Can we find an averaged cost of a billion a year for two years or more? Would any other type mission have done more over the time?
Will this rover last several times the planned mission timeline?
They apparently are satisfied in the industry of space missions as we have another rover on the same frame planned for 2020. It will cost money to write the history of Mars, and the solar system indirectly, including finding the influence on both Earth and Mars in our early formation and the billions of years of mystery we have not been witness to.
The mission perhaps could have been cheaper, but I believe it would require a half dozen rovers to reduce production costs. As the new equipment would drive each a to higher figure in rising inflated costs over time, probably we are stuck with the best economy afforded and invested.
A large part of the cost is sanitation and security concerns.
The results have not been commented on as much as I would have expected. The images have not been followed with laser tests, for suggestive objects. Do we know why that is the pattern?
If the stream-bed is our strongest connection to habitable environment circumstance, why no detailed tests of chemistry of the strata in that zone?
I find the mission a stream of mysteries.
New objects not seen on Mars, and possible new historical pages for the natural history seems a valuable beginning.

Perhaps our blog needs to light a fire in the topics that are languishing currently, to give a critical view of unusual objects.

I agree that space science is becoming very expensive.

Take another look at the work that went into
the landing.Believe it or not we have a few thousand children ages 7-?,currently eating
up everything they can find space related.I
know I did as a kid,,before Apollo.Now I am
doomed to haunt these forums and peek into the doors of what is Space Exploration now.

And also impatient like you are sometimes,,,a
departed long-time poster to this forum (Ben)
became that way at times.Yet he could ask and
answer some 'very' in-sightfull questions and answers.

And I will tell you this::and you will know that it is true::We,as a people are blessed far beyond our capacity to know it.Getting
out of the gravity well is still our biggest
problem.We will,in time,do it providing the
'want-to' is still alive and strong.The endless seeking to know and understand and
accomplish is hard-wired into the human frame.

Communication and sharing across the electronic media has speeded thing up Xn-fold.This will only improve and get better in ways you and I cannot fathom.

Data is our food.To discern data is our
choice,beit to use for maximum benefit.
Human,is born un-ending curious.

And also we have Hort(hahahhahaha)sorry H,
YKWLY (you know we love you.)