The Curiosity rover has reportedly made a groundbreaking discovery on Mars. The problem is that we will have to wait a few weeks to find out what it is.
Curiosity made the finding onboard its mobile chemistry lab, Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument (SAM for short). While NASA has so far been mum on the discovery, Curiosity Chief Scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that it will be “one for the history books.” In fact, the data is so revolutionary that the team has to double-check to make sure that it is actually correct.
Based on Curiosity’s detailed reports, we do know what the rover has been up to since her August landing. Besides snapping selfies and checking into Foursquare, Curiosity has also found an ancient streambed where water once flowed, zapped a Martian rock with a laser and began an especially long dirt-digging mission in the Gale Crater.
Oh, the mystery! If you can’t wait for the official NASA report, we have some highly scientific, plausible predictions of what the discovery could be. And of course, space nerds, we want to know what you think it is — it’s your moment to shine. So let your weird out in the comments below.
A Living Microbe
Bacteria? It could be a great thing on Mars!
Lewis Lab at Northeastern University. Created by Anthony D’Onofrio, William H. Fowle, Eric J. Stewart and Kim Lewis
Another Part From Clumsy Curiosity
Remember when she found something shiny in the dirt? That ended up just being one of her parts.
It’s not boring when you put a weird guy in it.
We can also assume that these will lead to mole people.
A Reliable 6G Network
The U.S. has finally figured out a way to monetize Mars.
Ancient Text of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Curiosity, don’t panic.
Crop Circle-Making Machine
That would explain everything.
Earth’s pyramids are just a sad alien’s re-creation of the real thing.
Aliens That Wear Tin Foil Hats
They need to protect their brains from humans, after all.
The Source of Martian Methane
NASA is currently translating the sign into English.
The Guy Who Invented the Sloppy Swish
Oh, so that’s the really strange guy who invented that really weird dance.
A Conceited Walrus
Alien That Has Human Hands at First Glance, But Then on Second Look, They Aren’t Human at All
Misunderstood Crab Mutant
He looks really mean, but he’s actually very hospitable.
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