Big News From Mars ? Rover Scientists Mum For Now
It wasn’t scientific caution that kept Zare from announcing his results. It was a rule many scientific journals enforce that says scientists are not allowed to talk about their research until the day it’s officially published. Zare had to follow the rules if he wanted his paper to come out.
He did break down and tell his family. “I remember at the dinner table with great excitement explaining to my wife, Susan, and my daughter, Bethany, what it was we were doing,” says Zare.
“Bethany looked at me and said, ’pass the ketchup.’”
l’anecdote mise à part, voici l’info sérieuse : on aurait trouvé du carbone sur Mars ; mais est-ce que ce carbone a été emporté par Curiosity, par une météorite terrestre ou est d’origine martienne, c’est trop tôt pour le savoir.
Mars rover finds carbon in its first soil sample analysis