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NASA's Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars
gizmodo ^ | 06/22/2019 | Tom McKay

Posted on 06/22/2019 4:27:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin

High levels of methane could potentially be generated underground by microbes called methanogens that survive without oxygen and produce the gas as a metabolic byproduct. Project scientist Ashwin R. Vasavada told the Curiosity science team in an email that “Given this surprising result, we’ve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment,” the Times wrote.

The readings on Wednesday are over three times that of a sudden spike in 2013 that lasted several months; after first finding nothing after its touchdown in 2012, Curiosity detected approximately seven parts per billion of methane later in the year. The newest measurements are 21 parts per billion.

However, it is also possible that the Curiosity rover has simply detected pockets of methane leaking from deep under the surface, the Times wrote, and the readings are only preliminary. When methane was similarly detected on the surface of Mars in 2004, scientists said that the methane could also be generated by geothermal reactions involving water and heat, though the exact mechanism by which that could occur on Mars remained an open question. (Since then, research has suggested Mars may not be as geologically inert as previously thought.)

The Curiosity rover has currently been diverted from its scheduled scientific work to do followup on the methane readings, according to the Times, with more data expected on Monday.

(Excerpt) Read more at gizmodo.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: curiosity; curiousity; mars; methane
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1 posted on 06/22/2019 4:27:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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Must be all of f those evil Martian SUV’s polluting the air.


2 posted on 06/22/2019 4:29:31 PM PDT by tcrlaf (They told me it could never happen in America. And then it did....ew)
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To: BenLurkin

Martian global warming to follow.


3 posted on 06/22/2019 4:30:49 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: tcrlaf

Martian farts?


4 posted on 06/22/2019 4:31:55 PM PDT by Ikeon (Good weather never makes good sailors)
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To: BenLurkin

Cowfarts


5 posted on 06/22/2019 4:32:28 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: BenLurkin

look for a herd of cows


6 posted on 06/22/2019 4:33:37 PM PDT by wildbill
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There's cows on Mars!
7 posted on 06/22/2019 4:35:13 PM PDT by Lockbox
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Sorry.., I ate spicy food last night
8 posted on 06/22/2019 4:44:43 PM PDT by BigEdLB (BigEdLB, Russian BOT, At your service)
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To: BenLurkin

Martosaurus decomposing.


9 posted on 06/22/2019 4:47:19 PM PDT by Chaguito
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Cow farts have made it to Mars. Amazing.


10 posted on 06/22/2019 4:49:10 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (Opportunities multiply as they are seized.)
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To: BenLurkin

This kinda throws all their climate info into the circular file.


11 posted on 06/22/2019 4:49:42 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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'Caused by bacteria left by the Curiosity platform.

;)

12 posted on 06/22/2019 4:50:12 PM PDT by Does so (A mysterious nuclear explosion would have the fingerprints of Uranium One!)
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To: BenLurkin
It's evolution baby!

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13 posted on 06/22/2019 4:51:42 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: BenLurkin

More reason why I must give up my SUV.


14 posted on 06/22/2019 4:53:39 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (A joke: Comey,Brennan and Lynch walk into a Barr...)
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To: BenLurkin
"What, did someone step on a duck?"

— Rodney Dangerfield

15 posted on 06/22/2019 4:55:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: BenLurkin

Martian carbon based industry & vehicles!
Bet it’s all those conservative raygun toting Martian rednecks!


16 posted on 06/22/2019 5:02:06 PM PDT by Reily
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Mars only has 12 years left.


17 posted on 06/22/2019 5:08:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

TRUMP’S FAULT!


18 posted on 06/22/2019 5:09:45 PM PDT by House Atreides (Boycott the NFL 100% — PERMANENTLY)
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To: tcrlaf

Ford Cortinas.


19 posted on 06/22/2019 5:15:12 PM PDT by wally_bert (Disc jockeys are as intwerchangeable as spark plugs.)
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To: BenLurkin

Martian Cow Farts.


20 posted on 06/22/2019 5:18:55 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If we get Medicare for all, will we have to show IDs for service?)
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