Friday, June 27, 2008

Martian soil good enough for asparagus: NASA

"There is nothing about the soil that would preclude life. In fact it seems very friendly," said Samuel Kounaves, the project's lead chemist at the University of Arizona in a telephone press conference.

"The soil you have there is the type of soil you have in your backyard," said Kounaves. "You may be able to grow asparagus very well."

[. . .]

"We basically have found what appears to be the requirements of the nutrients to support life, past, present or future," said Kounaves.

This is heartening news, but I can't say I'm particularly surprised.

To NASA: Next time send a fucking microbiology lab!

(Thanks to David Biedny.)


Anonymous said...

I like asparagus! Let's go.


shubot said...

You're a bit out of your depth don't you think? I doubt that NASA needs input from Pseudo scientists telling them how stupid you think they are. The optical microscope will see things as small as 2 microns across. The atomic force microscope can see down to 100 nanometers. If any large creatures walk up to the lander I'm sure the cameras will catch them. It has been easy to pick on NASA because they don't lend much credence to unqualified criticism. What exactly are your qualifications to render these public opinions about NASA. It's easy to make sweeping generalizations about things we know nothing about, but it's best to keep them unspoken publicly so as not to show our ignorance. Sorry NASA is not on your time schedule for discovery. Perhaps NASA can ask you what it should do next.

Anonymous said...

Wow...somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed. Take a deep breath, there you go, now take another, that's good. Now smile, c'mon isn't that better?


Mac said...

You're a bit out of your depth don't you think?

No, actually.