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It appears the Curiosity rover on Mars has had some exciting news, but NASA controllers have said that they're keeping quiet about it until the facts have been checked. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," John Grotzinger, principal investigator for Curiosity told NPR. According to …

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  1. proto-robbie
    Terminator

    Traffic wardens?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No, some Mango Chutney, to go with the poppadum they photographed a while back.

  2. JeevesMkII
    Alien

    NASA all shook up?

    I'm betting they found Elvis dung. Complete with half-digested fried bananas.

  3. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Boffin

    What could it be?

    1. organic matter (probably Jimmy Hoffa's body if it is)

    2. The usual cunning marketing promotion associated with the America Geophysical Union?

    3. Dr. Manhattan's underwear?

    The world waits!!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What could it be?

      Working a Watchmen reference into a NASA article - ++good

  4. stucs201
    Joke

    They've found out Mars really is made out of nougat, caramel and covered in chocolate?! Now where can we get a chippan big enough to deep fry an entire planet?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Glasgow

  5. Graham Dawson Silver badge

    I'm just glad to see someone spell "tenterhooks" right for once.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "THESE data ARE"

      The NASA guy can't do plurals proper though

      1. Alex King
        Thumb Down

        Re: "THESE data ARE"

        Chrissakes man - common usage and all that. Next you'll be criticising NASA employees for using split infinitives.

      2. Galidron
        Flame

        Re: "THESE data ARE"

        I really hate that. Saying that data is always a plural is so illogical to me I can't even conceive of a way to accept it. "Data are" sounds so terrible it makes my mental ears bleed every time I read it.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: "THESE data ARE"

          > "Data are" sounds so terrible it makes my mental ears bleed every time I read it.

          and yet it is still correct

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: "THESE data ARE"

          These things are... these items are... these objects are... mental ears bleeding yet?

          The only reason I don't treat data as a plural in reports is that I am surrounded by people who didn't do Latin at school.

      3. Code Monkey
        Facepalm

        Re: "THESE data ARE"

        Yeah. Data ARE. Also use "THEE" and "THOU" more often.

  6. JeffyPooh
    Alien

    Ack. Ack ack ack.

    As above.

  7. WR
    Joke

    A million to one.

    Scientists have found red 'weed' on mars.

    Are immediately volunteering for first manned mission.

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      1. Wombling_Free
        Devil

        Re: A million to one.

        "Perhaps the future belongs not to us – but to the Martians?"

        I bloody hope it does - I'd hate to see a universe settled by a cross breed of bogans, chavs & rednecks.

  8. Richard Boyce

    Air

    If the instrument inadvertently carried air including methane from Earth, could it have also carried organic matter? I assume everything got zapped to sterilise it before departure, but such matter would remain.

    Finding native living microorganisms would be quite fantastic, but that might mean that the planet would be quarantined, with no return trips allowed.

    1. toxicdragon

      Re: Air

      This was covered in an earlier story, the instruments were exposed to martian soil by basically running through a sampling process but with out active instruments to try to eliminate the risk of earth based contamination.

  9. LaeMing
    Happy

    They found proof

    that there IS intelligent life somewhere in the universe after all!

    1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

      Re: They found proof

      And they have just fried it.

  10. t1mc

    Drive Thru

    A sign? Looks like two yellow shapes on a red background?

  11. Shane Lusby
    Alien

    I for one welcome our new dirt based overlords.

  12. Winkypop Silver badge
    Alien

    It's life Jim

    But not as we know it.

    (fingers crossed)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      Re: It's life Jim

      Beat me to it.......

      Though I'd have added:

      What do you expect? A pole dancing asari?

  13. dssf

    They found a way to springboard from Mars to Andromeda?

    Probably not, but it is interesting that a new Super Jupiter has been found, too. Apparently, that is not as big as the pending Mars news....

    For those interested, see this:

    http://www.space.com/18522-super-jupiter-alien-planet-photo.html

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They found a way to springboard from Mars to Andromeda?

      The Reg covered it too:

      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/20/super_jupiter_pictured/

  14. AfternoonTea
    Alien

    Oh, the teasers..

    I bet they found E.T.'s "discharge".

  15. Sam Paton
    Alien

    Michael Bay already told us.

    They found a Decepticon...

  16. johnwerneken
    Alert

    hope they find life

    Hope they find life, might get funding for real space exploration, which in turn would enable (but not require) space exploitation, so maybe some day human beings can (a) preserve Earth more easily (b) gain energy and other resources from places besides Earth (c) actually live in places besides Earth. Having done all that, someday, humanity would (a) be more likely to survive (b) be capable, if desired, of exploring places light-years away. Who knows, we might someday either discover, or attract the attention of and find ourselves discovered by, some other intelligent species.

  17. P. Lee Silver badge

    Found intelligent life?

    I think not - nor any life.

    There's plenty of intelligent life here on earth but few people seem that interested.

    If we can't deal properly with our own kind, how successful do you think we'd be with aliens?

  18. WonkoTheSane
    Trollface

    They've found the best way to kickstart manned exploration missions...

    GOLD!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They've found the best way to kickstart manned exploration missions...

      That's a bit old fashioned. Try "They've found oil."

      Then the Americans will be itching to invade ^H^H^H^H^H^H^H investigate further.

      1. Bernard M. Orwell
        Happy

        Re: They've found the best way to kickstart manned exploration missions...

        That's a bit old fashioned, try Helium-3.

        1. annodomini2
          WTF?

          Re: They've found the best way to kickstart manned exploration missions...

          "That's a bit old fashioned, try Helium-3."

          Given there's He3 on the moon, bit pointless to go to Mars, until we've stripped the moon bare! ;)

        2. despun

          Re: He-3

          Wake me up when they've got that to work .....

      2. Ragarath
        Megaphone

        Re: They've found the best way to kickstart manned exploration missions...

        If they have found oil that would be two big discoveries in one!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They've found the best way to kickstart manned exploration missions...

      Unobtainium

  19. James O'Brien
    Joke

    Whoa

    I have it from reliable sources that they found amanfrommars. Why hold back on this discovery we need to know what hes upto.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Whoa ... Move along now, nothing to see here that you don't already know about

      :-) Hey Presto ..... urWish Our Command ... http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/11/20/oldest_digital_computer_deboots/#c_1630843........ is an Alien Way with WOW Input Direction? Surely not? IT is Virtually Man's Perfectly Natural State for Elevated Being.

      Hi, James O'Brien,

      The Powers That Be are at something of a XSSXXXXRoads. To Avoid the Virtual Space Places is not an Option Open to them for Power in ITs Control, which renders them Virgin in ITs Insatiable Fields of Rabid Communication with Remote Control. The Hiring of Sound of Mind Proxies Playing Well in the Field is a Solid SMARTR Starter Investment for Both the Bemused and Amused, Abused and Defused Shareholder

      And the Virtual Gems in Insatiable Fields Energise Immaculate Desire ......with Raw Core Sourced, Sweet Sticky Temptations ...... Model Inventions on Base Pleasures.

  20. Old Handle
    Stop

    I wish they would stop doing this.

    They've done it before and the payoff never lives up to the pre-announcement hype. If you've got something to tell us, tell us. If you're not ready to talk about it, don't talk about it.

    1. El Presidente
      Holmes

      If you're not ready to talk about it, don't talk about it.

      That is what they are doing or not, as the case may be.

      "If you've got something to tell us, tell us"

      They will when they have.

      Hope it's recognisable as life of evidence thereof.

      That would be a beautiful bombshell for the religious nutters.

      Just in time for Jebus day!

      1. Elmer Phud

        Re: If you're not ready to talk about it, don't talk about it.

        Oi! that's 'Little Baby Jesus' to you - use the proper trade name ffs!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: If you're not ready to talk about it, don't talk about it.

        It would have the side effect of the C of E supporters of C S Lewis going around saying "He told you so".

    2. h4rm0ny

      Re: I wish they would stop doing this.

      So a journalist calls you up and asks you to comment and you're not ready yet. Do you say: "nothing has been found". Well that's a lie. Do you tell them stuff before you've triple checked, knowing that you've been burned before by that. No. Do you say: "we will make an annoucement in due course." ? Sounds like the last is the only acceptable option. So if you don't like it, have a go at the journalists, not the scientists.*

      (*note - am not saying you should have a go at the journalists.)

  21. localzuk
    Alien

    Life?

    The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one...

    1. Andrew Newstead

      Re: Life?

      ...they say.

      But -

      The chance on anything staying on Mars are pretty good!

      BTW has anyone worked out the chances of anything coming from Earth?

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Happy

      Re: Life?

      "The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one..."

      Million-to-one chances come up nine times out of ten...

  22. Andrew 6

    So either

    Life (or trace of past) of some description

    or

    Resources which we're rapidly running out of in a quantity that may be of interest to us

    or

    ???

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