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Things Curiosity Might Find On Mars

Posted: 08/11/2012 10:43 am

By GABY DUNN
The Thought Catalog

Last night, we watched as the Curiosity rover landed on Mars -- an emotional and precarious landing that was fraught with peril. The 2.6 billion dollar rover had to go through "seven minutes of terror" and use the world's largest supersonic parachute to land in one specific spot chosen by NASA. It was enough to jolt anyone's heart rate.

The Curiosity's goal is "to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms," according to NASA. The rover is sending pictures back -- black and white for now, color later in the week.

First stop: Gale Crater, which scientists believe used to be a lake. After a year, we'll have a pretty good idea of the planet's history. As CNN put it:

If there aren't any organics, that may suggest there's something on the planet destroying these molecules, said Wray, of Georgia Tech. But if Curiosity detects them, Wray said, that might help scientists move from asking, "Was Mars ever habitable?" to "Did Mars actually host life?"

So there's a lot for this SUV-sized rover to do on the big red planet as it goes forth into the unknown. Congrats, NASA! Here are some silly ideas of what Curiosity could find.

What will Curiosity discover?

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  • The Twilight Zone!

    Credit: Youtube.com

  • Dinosaurs

  • Jimmy Hoffa's Remains

    PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 12: This 12 April, 1971 file photo shows James 'Jimmy' Hoffa (L) former president of the Teamsters union, and his son James P. Hoffa (C) as they wait at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport where they were changing planes enroute to the federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania after visiting 'Jimmy' Hoffa's wife at a hospital in San Francisco. 'Jimmy' Hoffa was returning to prison under the custody of his son. James P. Hoffa was elected 05 December president of the Teamsters after his main opponent, Tom Leedham, conceded defeat.

  • Oil Fields

    Earth's problems = over.

  • Her arms

  • A portrait of Keith Richards that is aging rapidly in order to keep him alive. Keith Richards, left, and Elvis Costello play a Chuck Berry song at PEN New England's 2012 Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The writers group honored Berry and poet and singer Leonard Cohen at the event. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • A reason...

    why Jar Jar Binks was included in the Star Wars prequels.

  • The biggest, baddest

    Cirque de Soliel show ever. (Less gravity = more stunts.)

  • A Chocolate River

    Credit: Youtube.com

  • D.B. Cooper's Identity

    A 1971 artist's sketch released by the FBI shows the skyjacker known as 'Dan Cooper' and 'D.B. Cooper,' was made from the recollections of passengers and crew of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle, Nov. 24, 1971, Thanksgiving eve. FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich tells The Seattle Times that a law enforcement member directed investigators to a person who might have helpful information on Cooper. (AP Photo/FBI/file)

  • A society of Martians

    An entire civilization of Martians living on the other side of the planet who will be all, "Oh, sup Earthlings? What's been taking you so long to get here? Want a Mars brewskie? Stay a while. Chill out."

  • Daleks

    So many <a href="http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Dalek" target="_hplink">Dalecks</a>!

  • Arrested Development

    The <em>Arrested Development</em> movie on an old-fashioned movie reel, nestled in the red dust under a pair of frayed jean shorts.

  • ELVIS PRESLEY

    Elvis Presley, performing at the Las Vegas of Mars

  • Muah!

    Your "boyfriend" from summer camp when you were a kid.

  • Oh, hello

    Marvin the Martian, Martian Manhunter, and Miss Martian snuggled up in a cuddle three-way on the top of Mount Sharp.

  • Bradbury

    Ray Bradbury on a camping trip with Robert A. Heinlen, who annoyingly completely forgot to get mars-hmellows.

  • A winding hedge maze leading to a huge block of Swiss cheese.

  • Awesome rocks and dust samples that could help us determine if there was once life on another planet. Pretty sweet

Last night, we watched as the Curiosity rover landed on Mars -- an emotional and precarious landing that was fraught with peril. The 2.6 billion dollar rover had to go through "seven minutes of terror" and use the world's largest supersonic parachute to land in one specific spot chosen by NASA. It was enough to jolt anyone's heart rate.
What will Curiosity discover?

 

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